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Still Waiting for the Castle Parks

6 Sep 2016

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 »

Posted September 6, 2016 by AEN

Music for the Wild: Natasha Sayer and Christie Simmons

Oct 15 2016 - 7:30pm
  • Music At 7:30pm, Doors Open At 7:00pm
  • Tickets: $20

Headline Act

Natasha Sayer Songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Natasha Sayer has been writing music since she was a very young girl. Read more »

Location

AWA Hillhurst Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted August 26, 2016 by AEN

AWA Talk: Time for Radical Change – Advocacy to Make the Impossible Possible

Sep 13 2016 - 7:00pm

With Dr. Joe Vipond

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?

  • Talk starts at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • Tickets: $5.00

Location

AWA Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted August 26, 2016 by AEN

Wild West Saloon Night

Sep 23 2016 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

AWA Wild West Saloon Poster

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 »

Location

AWA's Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted August 4, 2016 by AEN

OHVs and the Castle Parks – Are They In or Out?

19 Jul 2016

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 »

Posted July 19, 2016 by AEN

Crackdown on Destruction of Public Lands

13 Jul 2016

A recent  Order in Council will allow enforcement officials to issue violation tickets under the Public Lands Administration Regulation. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) appreciates measures which provide officials with enforcement capabilities to protect our public lands. Read more »

Posted July 13, 2016 by AEN

Abuse of Sensitive Castle Landscapes Not Defensible

18 May 2016

Illegal use during the recent province-wide OHV ban is a symptom of ongoing abuse within the area that will become the Castle parks. A recent stewardship report by the Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition (CCWC) reveals an incident requiring RCMP intervention when individuals illegally entered an area closed to Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) use according to the Castle Access Management Plan. This was particularly egregious given the province-wide OHV ban at the time. Read more »

Posted May 18, 2016 by AEN

Gravel Mining Puts Water at Risk

17 May 2016

Alberta’s gravel mining policy significantly erodes environmental protection by allowing gravel mining to occur in the 1:100 year floodplain of rivers. Documents obtained by private citizens in a Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) request reveal that Alberta’s internal sand and gravel mining policy was developed and approved in 2011 in a secretive process that ignored expert scientific advice and excluded the public. Read more »

Posted May 17, 2016 by AEN

Positive Alberta Fisheries Recovery Actions

23 Mar 2016

On the eve of the 2016 sportfishing season, the Alberta government will put in place a 5 year ‘recovery rest period’ in the upper Pembina River that will combine no-fishing and habitat restoration measures. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) commends the Alberta government on this important step to protect a high risk Arctic grayling population. Read more »

Posted March 24, 2016 by AEN

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