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Canada's "battle in the woods" flares up in Prairie headwaters

Market action launched against logging in Alberta’s southern Rockies

26 Apr 2011

CALGARY - A market action against clear-cut logging in the southern headwaters of the Prairie Provinces has been launched by local and national conservation groups, with international ones adding their names to the grassroots action. It focuses on the Crowsnest Forest, which is located at the head of the water-stressed South Saskatchewan River system, between Kananaskis Country west of Calgary and the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Read more »

Posted April 26, 2011 by AEN

Poll finds huge support for legislating Castle Special Place as Wildland Park & major opposition to logging it

14 Mar 2011

(Lethbridge) Lethbridge and Coaldale residents overwhelmingly oppose logging and support establishment of a Wildland Park in the Castle Special Management Area west of Pincher Creek, according to a recent survey conducted by the Lethbridge College Citizen Society Research Lab.

More than 85 per cent of those surveyed February 12 and 13 oppose the logging plan approved by provincial Sustainable Resource Development last year. Spray Lakes Sawmills of Cochrane plans to clear-cut the area between the Beaver Mines Lake, Lynx Creek and Castle Falls Provincial Recreation Areas and campgrounds starting in June. The logging is technically called block-cut logging. Read more »

Posted March 14, 2011 by russ

New findings prompt call that Alberta Government make good on having failed the Castle Special Place

9 Mar 2011

Calgary:  The tools the Alberta Government has used since 1998 to protect the Castle Special Place in the southwest corner of Alberta – a Forest Land Use Zone, the Castle Access Management Plan and “special management” – are now documented in a new study by Global Forest Watch Canada as an utter failure observes the Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition, Sierra Club Canada and Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Southern Alberta Chapter.  Global Forest Watch Canada’s study was released today, complete with photographs on the accumulated density of linear disturbances (roads, seismic lines, truck trails, etc.) that are de facto open to motorized use in the Castle.  It provides one more reason why commercial logging should not go ahead there and gives the scientific evidence for what outdoor enthusiasts and conservation groups alike have been pointing to for years – that the Castle is being degraded and it isn’t managed in a sustainable manner.   Read more »

Posted March 9, 2011 by AEN

Are Boreal Forests Silent or Just Singing a Different Tune?

Jan 25 2011 - 7:00pm

with Dr. Erin Bayne

After many years of research, Dr. Bayne has come to some very interesting and informative conclusions about what is happening to birds of the boreal forest here in Alberta.  Hear fascinating details about the lives of these birds, especially how boreal forest development is impacting breeding and survival rates.  Which species are doing well?  Which species need more of our consideration and help?

$5 Adults, $1 Children

For registration and more information…

Location

AWA Office
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted December 29, 2010 by AEN

Are Boreal Forests Silent or Just Singing a Different Tune?

Jan 25 2010 - 7:00pm

Join the U of A's Dr. Erin Bayne on this journey through Alberta's boreal forest. What is happening to boreal bird life? Read more »

Location

AWA Office
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted December 9, 2010 by AEN

CPAWS answers questions about the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement

Recently, eight conservation groups, including AEN member groups CPAWS and Greenpeace, signed one of the largest conservation agreements in the world with the Canadian forest industry. Aran O'Carroll, who neogtiated on behalf of CPAWS, answers some questions about the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement.

Posted June 3, 2010 by AEN

Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement

Eight conservation groups, including AEN members CPAWS and Greenpeace, and the Canadian forest industry have signed off on one of the largest conservation agreements in the world. The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement covers 72 million hectares of publically owned forests — an area twice the size of Germany.

Posted May 18, 2010 by AEN

AWA Tuesday Talk: Are Boreal Forests Silent or Just Singing a Different Tune?

Jan 19 2010 - 7:00pm

Land use practices may be having an impact on boreal bird communities.

Dr. Erin Bayne will present a photographic overview of the consequences of changing land-use practices in the boreal forest. The implications of these changes for boreal biodiversity will be discussed, with an emphasis on how bird communities are changing and why. Read more »

Location

Stanely A. Milner (Downtown) Library, Centennial Room
7 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, AB

Posted January 5, 2010 by russ

Boreal Market News

Volume 6; Issue 3: March 31, 2008

Published by CPAWS – Northern Alberta Chapter

  1. Staples Switches to Recycled, Sustainable Paper for Customer Copying, Printing
    The office supplies giant announced this week it will start using 50 percent post-consumer recycled content paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for black and white copy and print jobs.
  2. Launches ‘Do Not Mail’ Campaign to Stop Junk Mail
    The production of the 100 billion pieces of junk mail that Americans annually receive requires more than 100 million trees, while producing as much global warming emissions as 3.7 million cars. Moreover, this deforestation is occurring in forests that play vital roles in the fight against climate change: the Canadian Boreal and Indonesian Tropical Forest.
  3. Socially Responsible Investment Firm Calvert Commits to Boreal Protection
    One of the largest socially and environmentally responsible mutual fund companies in the U.S. announced today they will fully support the protection of Canada’s Boreal Forest by adopting the Boreal Forest Conservation Framework (the Framework) and joining the Boreal Leadership Council.

Boreal Market News is a publication of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Edmonton Chapter. Our intent is to provide information to decision makers on new developments in forest management, focusing on changing market forces. For more information or to be added or removed from the mailing list contact the Editor, Helene Walsh, at: helene_w [at] telus [dot] net
Read more »

Posted April 2, 2008 by Anonymous

Boreal Market News Volume 5, Issue 12

Published by CPAWS – Northern Alberta Chapter

  1. Boreal forest the 'Fort Knox' of carbon
    University of Alberta ecologist David Schindler said Canada needs to be very careful about how it handles its forests if it wants to prevent more carbon from adding to the current climate change problem. Schindler suggested that now is an opportune time to focus on keeping forests intact and putting them in long-term reserves, especially since the forestry industry is floundering.

  2. Major Momentum Builds For Canada's Boreal Forest - Businesses, First Nations and Conservation Groups Advance Solutions to Preserve Canada's Green Necklace
    Global energy company Nexen Inc., national environmental organization the Pembina Institute, the Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta and socially-responsible fund manager Domini Social Investments LLC are the newest members of the Boreal Leadership Council (BLC), the Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI) today announced. The 18 members of the BLC are also signatories to the Boreal Forest Conservation Framework, which is a vision to preserve at least half of the Boreal Forest while supporting sustainable development on the remaining landscape.

  3. Xerox Corporation Earns Widest Reaching Forest Stewardship Council Chain-of-Custody Certification Spanning Operations in 17 Countries
    Xerox Corporation, one of the world's largest brands of cut-sheet paper, has earned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain-of-Custody certification from the Rainforest Alliance's SmartWood program. This certification will allow Xerox to purchase and sell FSC-certified paper at 77 distribution centers in 17 countries in North America and Europe - covering the greatest geographic area of any FSC Chain-of-Custody certification to date.

  4. Random House and ForestEthics join forces at Bali climate talks
    Tzeporah Berman with ForestEthics was in Bali speaking about the climate change impacts of logging Canada's Boreal forest. "Canada has an opportunity to change course and be a climate leader by committing to absolute emission reduction targets and supporting new UN forest rules that recognize the importance of conserving the planet's major carbon storehouses, Canada's very own boreal and temperate forests."

Boreal Market News is a publication of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Edmonton Chapter. Our intent is to provide information to decision makers on new developments in forest management, focusing on changing market forces. For more information or to be added or removed from the mailing list contact the Editor, Helene Walsh, at: helene_w [at] telus [dot] net Read more »

Posted January 7, 2008 by Anonymous

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