McLean Creek campers and off-roaders well behaved over May long weekend – Calgary

The message of being safe and limiting damage to the environment seemed to sink in for outdoor enthusiasts over the May long weekend, officials said Monday.

Nathan Brown, a conservation officer in the Elbow-Sheep District in Alberta’s Kananaskis Country for the last 13 years, said the nice weather could have brought with it large and unruly crowds, but officials actually saw the opposite, at least in terms of unruliness.

“I’m getting the sense from people they’re generally following the rules,” he told CBC News, noting there were no major incidents reported in the area, which includes the popular McLean Creek.

Off-roaders on ATVS, dirt bikes, quads and the like mostly followed the rules over the long weekend, said Brown.

“Even though we were really busy, we weren’t seeing that serious destructive behaviour,” he said.

“We haven’t encountered any and we haven’t had any reports coming in from the public. That doesn’t mean it’s not happening but we’re not seeing that behaviour like you would brace yourself for on a May long weekend.”

There were some tickets handed out, however, mainly for things like not wearing a helmet or having an unsafe fire.

New rules came into effect May 15 requiring ATV riders to wear a helmet, along with having a licence and registration and working headlights and taillights.

Nathan Brown, a conservation officer in Elbow Sheep District in Kananaskis Country, says only a few tickets were handed out over the weekend, mostly for not wearing a helmet or having an unsafe campfire. (Monty Kruger/CBC)

Campfires are also now barred within a kilometre of the roadway.

“We had some people riding in the back of trucks. We talked to some people about cutting green trees and public land use for fires,” said Brown. “That’s the typical [infractions] we’re dealing with.”

The new rules mean officers can give tickets for offences.

“It saves court time and makes it easier for administration,” said Brown.

“Generally I’m getting the…

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