“We are incredibly grateful to Heartland Generation for their donation of 268 acres of land to the province of Alberta. These lands will continue to support conservation and outdoor recreation opportunities along the Battle River.

“Partners have been essential to our provincial parks system since the first Alberta Parks were established in 1932, and we continue to be committed to working with our partners to ensure provincial parks are open, accessible and fully protected.

“Located on the Battle River between Donalda and Forestburg in central Alberta, Big Knife Provincial Park was established in 1962 and is comprised of a mix of public land and lands that are privately owned by Heartland Generation. Alberta’s government has been leasing these privately owned lands, which will now be donated to the province.

“The responsible stewardship, conservation and maintenance of our provincial parks, public lands and recreation areas are priorities for Albertans, and they are priorities for this government.

“As more Albertans than ever before are exploring all that our diverse and beautiful landscape has to offer, it is important to remember that all of us have a role in conservation. It is essential we all work together – government, industry, communities and individuals – to ensure these spaces are able to thrive and be enjoyed by generations to come.

“Thank you again to Heartland Generation for your donation and your commitment to the people of this province.”