Kevin Van Tighem retired from the top job at Banff National Park in 2011, but that hasn’t stopped him from having an impact. The author and former park superintendent has remained a strong voice in the preservation of Alberta’s wilderness, and has been the one of the most vocal supporters of the proposed South Saskatchewan Regional Plan. The plan, which is designed in part to protect the South Saskatchewan headwaters, has encountered resistance from off-road vehicle enthusiasts who don’t want to be limited to designated trails, despite the damage unlimited access can cause to ecologically sensitive areas. Van Tighem has been an unofficial spokesperson for the plan, using media appearances for his new book, Bears Without Fear, to discuss the importance of preserving our province’s natural resources – particularly its watershed – from overuse.
Kevin van Tighem: Alberta's 50 Most Influential People 2013
Takeaway: Kevin van Tighem has remained a strong voice in the preservation of Alberta’s wilderness.