Unit 7 - Personal Action

Lesson 3: Recreational Responsibility

Recreational activities can be hard on the forest ecosystem or they can be benign, meaning they do no permanent harm.

Environmental Impact of Recreational Activities

  • non-motorized

  • quiet

  • needs little equipment and fuel

  • very little litter generated


  • motorized

  • loud

  • needs lots of equipment and fuel

  • litter generated

Some activities, such as photography, may seem benign. However, this is no longer the case if the people involved drop litter, play loud music, pick flowers, trample on vegetation, damage the bark on trees, or are careless with fire.

Similarly hunting, trapping, and fishing done on a subsistence or small-scale level are often not harmful to the environment. However, if the same activities are done on a large commercial scale, the results could be catastrophic. Fortunately commercial hunting, trapping and fishing are highly regulated with quotas set to be sustainable.

Responsible recreational use of our forests helps to sustain them.

Castle Mountain Wilderness Area

In 2017, a debate was started between the Provincial government, the Quad Squad, and area landowners, in the Castle Mountain area in the Crowsnest Pass.  The debate centered around the Castle Mountain area, that had been open to recreational activities, including all terrain vehicles.  The area landowners were concerned about the damage being done to the forested area and the government became involved in considering protection of the area.
   You can read about the various viewpoints, by clicking on the links below.  Then think about where you stand on this important issue.

The Quad Squad

The Landowners

The Provincial Government