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Planning underway to reopen popular DUC conservation project areas in southern Alberta

Frank Lake, Clifford E. Lee Sanctuary are outdoor spaces popular with visitors

May 14, 2020
Clifford E. Lee and Frank Lake conservation areas are scheduled to re-open soon.
Clifford E. Lee and Frank Lake conservation areas are scheduled to re-open soon. © DUC

Brighter days are ahead. Albertans are shifting from needing to stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to taking extra precautions away from home so that everyone is able to maintain good health and enjoy safe environments.

Planning is currently underway to re-open popular DUC conservation project areas that typically attract a high number of visitors. These projects include the Clifford E. Lee and Frank Lake conservation areas. Re-opening of these high traffic/public use locations will be guided by the following factors:

  • Social distancing is maintained.
  • Areas where choke points can occur, e.g. viewing blinds and boardwalks, be addressed.
  • Visitors must take all garbage home with them. Nothing is to be left behind.
  • Day use and foot access only.
  • Appropriate PPE equipment for staff, COVID-19 related signage and communication processes be in place prior to gate openings.
  • Hot points for virus transmission are being removed for the good of public health and to decrease health risks and workload for DUC staff. There are no washroom facilities on site and no garbage cans.
  • Co-operation and compliance with all public health directives will determine if sites are able to remain open.

We hope to re-open these projects June 1 subject to the completion of all facility modifications, placement of appropriate signage and alignment with public health directives from the Alberta government.

We recognize that being outdoors and in nature does much to keep our spirits up. Fortunately, in Alberta, there are several, more isolated conservation projects that you can visit. If you’re looking for a place to roam close to home, check out this website, hosted by our conservation partner the ACA . Stay safe and be well!