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Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park

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Information: 403-647-2364

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            ClassificationProvincial Park
            LegislationProvincial Parks Act
            Park Size6,644.79 Acres  /  2,689.05 Ha
            Legal BoundaryWriting-on-Stone Provincial Park
            Administration / Information403-647-2364 
            Regional OfficeSouth Regional Office
            District OfficeWriting-on-Stone District
            Special DesignationsNational Historic Site
            Natural RegionGrassland - Dry Mixedgrass
            Grassland - Mixedgrass 
            Natural Region Description

            This park preserves spectacular badlands, riparian habitats and grasslands along the Milk River. Writing-on-Stone's landscapes have spiritual significance for the Blackfoot people. The petroglyphs and pictographs on the park's sandstone cliffs are protected as a legacy to this spiritual connection. The park's archaeological preserve, established in 1977, ensures protection of one of the North American Plains' largest concentrations of rock art.

            Land Use Framework RegionSouth Saskatchewan 

            The management plan for Writing-on-Stone / Áísínai'pi was originally intended to cover 10 years. The term was extended until April 2014, based on an assessment of the 1997 Plan. The direction contained in the existing Management Plan will provide for adequate management until a new plan is in place.

            Writing-on-Stone / Áísínai'pi Provincial Park is divided into three management zones.

            • The Historical Protection Zone protects sensitive habitats and cultural features. 
            • Recreation and facility development is permitted in the Facility Zone
            • Low impact activities are permitted in the Natural Environment Zone.  Annual cattle grazing permits are used in this zone to help control invasive plant species.

            Visitors throughout history have reacted to this spectacular landscape and its ancient past with wonder and awe. The goal of park management is to balance visitation with protection. Access to sensitive areas of the park is restricted. Key features are monitored for impact and disturbance.  Ongoing research helps identify ways to better protect the cultural heritage and maintain biological diversity.

            As well as being a National Historic Site, Áísínai'pi is also on Canada's tentative list for designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are currently 5 World Heritage Sites in Alberta.