On December 17, the Alberta government issued a request to build a fenced compound in the west central Little Smoky woodland caribou range, for captive female caribou to have calves. These calves will be released as yearlings into habitat that is becoming even more degraded by new energy-related disturbances and by logging. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) believes that the Alberta government must act swiftly on its promises to apply strict operating limits on new surface disturbance in caribou ranges, and to establish extensive northwest Alberta protected areas, instead of relying on artificial predator controls.Read more »
Corporal Howse will recount years of experience throughout Alberta and the Yukon Territories enforcing public lands law. He has seen a wide range of lawless behaviour which poses threats both to public safety and the environment. An excellent opportunity to learn about major challenges and opportunities to protect our public lands for future generations. Read more »
The Will of the Willmore – Wild and free, the legacy is ours to defend
A Wilderness Defenders Award will be presented to Ray Rasmussen
Ray first became active in wilderness matters in Alberta in 1979 when he helped form the AWA’s Edmonton Chapter. Since then he has also applied his organizational skills to the Alberta Environmental Network and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. Read more »
with Arlene Kwasniak, Professor Emerita, Law, University of Calgary
An AWA Workshop to review the evolution and devolution of federal EA law and policy, and discuss law reform themes and opportunities. The objectives of the Workshop are to inform, learn from each other, and prepare participants who will engage in the federal review process. As a campaign promise, Prime Minister Trudeau pledged to review Canada’s environmental assessment process. To that end the federal government has appointed an Expert Panel to travel through Canada and garner public and stakeholder views on the current federal EA , as well as what changes could occur. The Expert Panel will be in Calgary November 21-23 and is open to public participation. Read more »
Global Forest Watch Canada’s (GFWC) newly released study indicates that the remaining intact forests in the proposed Castle Provincial Park have been significantly reduced. Between 2000 and 2015, 76% of the forests became disturbed landscapes and are no longer secure habitat and watersheds. Read more »
Pincher Creek, Alberta — On September 4, 2015, the Government of Alberta announced its intention to fully protect the Castle area in southwestern Alberta as a Provincial and Wildland Provincial Park.Read more »
Learn about the Alberta Coal-Phase Out Campaign and its success. The multi-pronged campaign created a shift in thinking among policy makers, and included health groups, conservation and social justice groups. Will this campaign model ways for conservation to lead the conversation?
Fun and games (including fun money), online auction action, music, great food and refreshments with plenty of time for conversation with AWA Board and staff. We’ve moved our annual friend raising event to a new venue – our newly purchased home. Join us in AWA’s Cottage School to see how we’ve changed the evening to make it even better for our members and supporters! Read more »
That’s the crucial conservation question left begging in a newly-released document on what Alberta Environment and Parks expects in a draft management plan for the Castle Parks. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) and the Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition (CCWC) would like the Minister to answer the question definitively and commit unequivocally to the management plan’s vision: “Conservation of nature will be the primary, overriding objective of both parks.” Read more »
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