Committees

AOHVA seeks to understand key issues impacting recreation in Alberta. Through our committees, we explore areas of interest and concern, developing positions to support our advocacy efforts.

Open Camping

The AOHVA supports effective stewardship of Alberta's public land including the need to manage random camping access and use for the protection of sensitive areas. Since 2009 the AOHVA has been advocating for an OHV Recreational Trails Service Delivery Organization that could fund, plan, manage and maintain trailheads and random camping spots under the then proposed service delivery structure.

More recently, AOHVA has considered the issues, implications and requirements for sustainable and responsible open / random camping in developing the 4-Point Plan for Environmentally Responsible OHV Use. Implementation of said plan will include numerous open camping related activities including, but not limited to:

  • Establishing standards and approval processes for open camping
  • Identifying, inventorying and assessing camping nodes
  • Reclamation
  • Development
  • Maintenance
  • Enforcement
  • Education

It is well known that Open Camping is closely tied to the OHV user outdoor experience and associated issues.

AOHVA has established a new cross-organization committee with the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Alberta and the Alberta Fish and Game Association specifically to focus on the camping-related aspects of Albertans’ outdoor activities. This committee, has undertaken direct research to ascertain the key aspects of Albertans’ camping experiences including, but not limited to: who goes along, what they do when they camp, where they go and how they select their spot and the economic impacts. AOHVA will share the findings with the government once results have been compiled.

ACESS SUBMITS PROPOSAL FOR CASTLE PARKS DRAFT MANAGEMENT PLAN

The Alberta Committee for Eastern Slopes Stewardship (ACESS) has prepared this proposal for a model of open camping within the Castle Parks area. This proposal is designed to address the existing demand for open (random) access camping within the Castle Parks area in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner to providing the diverse camping experiences Albertans currently engage in.

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AOHVA September 2015 Position On Random Camping

The Alberta Committee for Eastern Slopes Stewardship

AOHVA has established a new cross-organization committee with the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Alberta and the Alberta Fish and Game Association specifically to focus on the camping-related aspects of Albertans’ outdoor activities. This committee, has undertaken direct research to ascertain the key aspects of Albertans’ camping experiences including, but not limited to: who goes along, what they do when they camp, where they go and how they select their spot and the economic impacts. AOHVA will share the findings with the government once results have been compiled.

ACESS SUBMITS PROPOSAL FOR CASTLE PARKS DRAFT MANAGEMENT PLAN

The Alberta Committee for Eastern Slopes Stewardship (ACESS) has prepared this proposal for a model of open camping within the Castle Parks area. This proposal is designed to address the existing demand for open (random) access camping within the Castle Parks area in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner to providing the diverse camping experiences Albertans currently engage in.

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AOHVA September 2015 Position On Random Camping

Ecological Literature

AOHVA has established a multi-organizational committee gather, assess and critique the literature used to make decisions about OHV use and open camping on Alberta Public Lands.

Science figures prominently in discussions and decisions relating to OHV use and rustic camping on public lands – as it should.

That said, AOHVA believes that all Albertans have the right to understand how science is being used to guide important decisions affecting their opportunity to enjoy the province’s outdoor spaces; and the government has the responsibility to be upfront and open with Albertans in that regard.

ENVIRONMENTAL LITERATURE REVIEW COMMITTEE

AOHVA has established a multi-organizational committee gather, assess and critique the literature used to make decisions about OHV use and open camping on Alberta Public Lands.

The goals of the ENVIRONMENTAL LITERATURE REVIEW COMMITTEE are to:

Undertake a thorough investigation of the literature referred to by the government and ENGOs:

  • Gather all relevant information
  • Assess all relevant information
  • Critique all relevant information

The culmination of the committee’s efforts will be to deliver an opinion about whether the literature truly supports the conclusions that the Government of Alberta is drawing to change access for OHV use and open camping across the province.

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