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Sixteen Years after Being “Protected,” Rumsey Natural Area Sees a Halt to New Oil and Gas Access

11 Sep 2012

Sixteen years after it was officially “protected,” Rumsey Natural Area may finally be able to look forward to a future free of industrial development. Alberta Energy has made changes so that all new petroleum and natural gas agreements within the Rumsey Natural Area will now come with the condition: “Surface Access is Not Permitted.” Read more »

Posted September 11, 2012 by AEN

Music for the Wild: Magnolia Buckskin with guests Horizon Ridge

Oct 27 2012 - 7:00pm

Hailed as one of the city’s “leading roots country acts”, Magnolia Buckskin brings you bohemian cowgirl, gospel touched folk roots music with sweet harmonies. Kathy Cook, Natasha Platt, Emily Triggs and Corry Ulan take turns singing the lead on their original tunes. They juggle between instruments: mandolin, banjo, guitar, accordion, bass and percussion. The sound is a collection of their influences: a little bit of country and a hint of West Virginia drawl, the bluegrass sweet spot, the folk connection, and a heart for gospel. Read more »

Location

AWA Hillhurst Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted September 6, 2012 by AEN

AWA Tuesday Talk: Frogs & Oilsands

Oct 2 2012 - 7:00pm

with Brian Eaton

In the US, 50% to 60% of frogs are malformed probably because of chemical contamination. How can we avoid the same fate in Alberta? Brian Eaton is a herpetologist working with Alberta Innovates. In this talk, he discusses the benefits of his work as to industrial development, forestry regulations, wetland assessments and tar sands development.

$5 Adults, $1 Children

 

Location

Hillhurst Room, AWA Office
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted September 6, 2012 by AEN

24th Annual Wild West Gala

Sep 21 2012 - 6:00pm

The 24th annual Wild West Gala is a celebration of Alberta’s Wild spaces and Wildlife. It is a tradition of friends, colleagues, members and supporters enjoying a great meal and an evening filled with entertainment, conversation, auctions and plain good fun.

Entertainment will be traditional 21st century western Canadian folk, world and Canadian music (Alberta style), provided by Matt Masters. Read more »

Location

Red and White Club
1833 Crowchild Trail NW (north end of McMahon Stadium)
Calgary, AB

Posted September 6, 2012 by AEN

Lower Athabasca Plan: Significant Progress, but Wildlife Await Land Disturbance Plan Inside Oil Sands Area

22 Aug 2012

The Lower Athabasca regional plan for northeast Alberta released today is a significant step forward in managing cumulative development effects, but regrettably misses many important and promised pieces for wildlife. Read more »

Posted August 22, 2012 by AEN

Just $20 per Truckload of Non-merchantable Timber for Castle Clearcut Trees

21 Aug 2012

Pincher Creek, AB - Twenty dollars. That’s how much grizzly bear habitat and trout spawning streams are worth to the Alberta Government. Twenty dollars is the amount of money that the Alberta government receives in royalties for each truckload of non-merchantable timber removed from the Castle. Read more »

Posted August 21, 2012 by AEN

Federal government misses caribou protection deadline… again

16 Aug 2012

After missing a mandatory legal deadline to submit a draft recovery strategy for woodland caribou by four years, the federal government has also failed to produce a final recovery strategy for woodland caribou on time. Read more »

Posted August 16, 2012 by AEN

Castle Logging Decision Ignored Fish & Wildlife, and Alberta Public

Details Revealed in Newly-released Freedom of Information Documents

14 Aug 2012

ALBERTA - Newly-released documents reveal that the Alberta government’s decision to go ahead with deeply unpopular clearcut logging in the Castle Special Place, west of Pincher Creek, Alberta – despite widespread public opposition – was made by Forestry staff in a seeming vacuum. Fish and Wildlife staff were given minimal opportunity for input, and documents show that input was ignored. Extensive public opposition to the logging, which saw rallies, a protest camp and even arrests, was also discounted. Read more »

Posted August 14, 2012 by AEN

One of Alberta's Last Remaining Wilderness Gems Desperately in Need of Protection

31 Jul 2012

Extreme trail erosion, due to high water levels and unsustainable levels of motorized recreational activity, has preempted the closure of some parts of the Bighorn Backcountry to motorized users. Current levels of damage and degradation are so extreme it is hard to imagine the trails will be usable for the 2012 season. Read more »

Posted July 31, 2012 by AEN

Forestry Deal Pre-empts North SK plan

30 Jul 2012

The Government of Alberta has quietly signed a new 20 year Forest Management Agreement (FMA) with Sundre Forest Products, apparently bypassing the imminent North Saskatchewan planning process. The deal will make watershed and wildlife conservation more difficult in the FMA’s 5600 km2 area of North Saskatchewan and Red Deer River forested headwaters that affects the water security of over a million Albertans downstream. Read more »

Posted July 31, 2012 by AEN

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