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CBC news announced yesterday that since June 1st, the Alberta government has received revenue of over $5.7 million from the sale of Kananaskis Conservation Passes. Kananaskis Country visitors were required to purchase a pass starting on June 1 to access 4,200 square kilometres of wilderness west of Calgary. An estimated 21,500 day passes for the region and 55,600 annual passes have been sold so far.
“The province said the fee had become necessary after a record setting 5.3 million visitors last year created environmental strain on the region. Environment and Parks Minister Jason Nixon vowed the money collected from pass sales would be used to better K-Country”.
Thus far, approximately $2 million has been reinvested into the provincial park. The program is expected to generate $15 million per year. The funds have “gone towards a whole variety of initiatives, but specifically to help pay for our visitors centres to reopen and to staff those visitors centres. It's also paying for our traffic control specialists". Some funds have also gone towards getting more personnel on the ground to help visitors, hiring a public safety specialist to tackle the surge in rescue calls, and increasing garbage and toilet maintenance.
“ Day-use passes cost $15 per vehicle while an annual vehicle pass, which can be used 365 days from its date of purchase, is $90. Two vehicles can be assigned to an annual pass if they are registered to the same address.”
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