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Environmental concerns about Olympic bid

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, file photo, gondolas make their way through a thinned forest up the ski slope which would be the venue for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics at the Jeongseon Alpine Center in Jeongseon, South Korea. With the Olympic Games coming to a close, one of the main questions facing South Korea and the consequences of hosting an expensive sports event is the future of the scenic Jeongseon Alpine Center, which was built in a formerly government-protected area where some 60,000 trees were razed. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Summary

Conservationists want the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to think of wildlife in the area

Forests were torn down in Peyongchang for the 2018 games

Conservationists say taking an environmental leadership role is one way the IOC can make up for environmental harm done

CALGARY (CITY NEWS) – Conservationists are asking the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to remember that Provincial Parks are homes to wildlife.

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Program Supervisor Peter Simmerman says he wants to see better planning from the IOC in 2026 if the bid goes through.

“One of the things that we would like to see is ensure that when they’re planning for the redevelopment of those areas that they do a good study and be able to track that kind of data so that we ensure that we don’t have a negative impact on the animals that live there.”

Simmerman says the group isn’t opposed to hosting the games as long as the environment is taken seriously.

Forests in Pyeongchang, South Korea were torn down for events in the 2018 Winter Olympics and that’s the last thing Simmerman wants to see happen in Alberta.

Conservationists say taking an environmental leadership role when hosting the games is one way the IOC can make up for environmental harm done in the past.

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