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Southwest Alberta groups release new recommendations for sustainable forest management

25 Oct 2011

Today sees the release of a new report, Sustainable Forests, Sustainable Communities: The Future of Alberta’s Southwestern Forests. Citizens and associations from communities throughout southwestern Alberta have joined together to document serious concerns with current industrial-scale logging practices, and present an alternative vision for the management of Alberta's southwestern forests. Read more »

Posted October 25, 2011 by AEN

Premier Redford Sticks to Her Campaign Promise, and Cancels Notorious “Potatogate” Land Sale

19 Oct 2011

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is delighted to congratulate Premier Alison Redford on honouring her campaign commitment to scrap the notorious “Potatogate” public land sale.

A short Government of Alberta news release, October 19, 2011, announced: “Government cancelled the RFP after people expressed concerns that there was no public input into using a Request for Proposals and that there might be an impact on water and on the ranching community.” Read more »

Posted October 19, 2011 by russ

Martha Kostuch Annual Wilderness & Wildlife Lecture and the Annual Wilderness Defenders Awards

Nov 18 2011 - 6:00pm

Bob Sc​ammell: The Battle for No-Man's Land

Bob Scammell is known for his 45 years of writing a weekly outdoors column carried at one time or another by most of Alberta's main newspapers, and continuously by the Red Deer Advocate since 1966. On November 18, Bob takes us on a heartfelt journey through Alberta's public lands, and proposes a plan of action for responsible management of those lands going forward. Read more »


AWA Office
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted October 19, 2011 by russ

"Empire of the Beetle" with Andrew Nikiforuk

Nov 2 2011 - 7:30pm

AWA is pleased to sponsor, in conjunction with the Micah Centre at King’s University College in Edmonton, an evening with acclaimed Alberta author Andrew Nikiforuk. Andrew will be hosting a reading from his newest book, Empire of the Beetle: How Human Folly and a Tiny Bug are Killing North America’s Great Forests.

Admission is free – all members of the public are welcome to join us for this special event.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

For more information: 1-866-313-0713


The King's University College Atrium
9125 50 Street NW
Edmonton, AB

Posted October 19, 2011 by russ

Music For the Wild: Rob Heath with guests Christie Simmons & Brian Volke

Nov 5 2011 - 7:30pm

Folk and Roots Music—for the whole family!

This third year for AWA's Music for the Wild series features a range of local musicians performing in support of Alberta's wild spaces.

A storyteller in the tradition of Harry Chapin, John Prine and Steve Earle, Rob Heath's original songs are a tasteful mix of contemporary folk, alt-country and pop. His one-man one guitar style is diverse melodically and rhythmically but always interesting. We all have things we wish we could say. Rob decided to say them with rich melodies and lyrics delivered in a voice haunting in its simplicity. Read more »


AWA Hillhurst Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted October 18, 2011 by russ

Open Letter: Water for Alberta's Rivers

13 Oct 2011

Dear Albertans:

We believe you understand the value of water and the need to use water wisely. That is why so many of you have participated in Alberta’s Water for Life Strategy, providing guidance to decision-makers about how we use and manage our water resources.

The goals of the Water for Life Strategy are:

  • Safe, secure drinking water
  • Healthy aquatic ecosystems
  • Reliable, quality water supplies for a sustainable economy
  • Read more »

Posted October 13, 2011 by AEN

AWA Welcomes Premier-Designate Redford’s Promise to Protect Alberta’s Endangered Wildlife

4 Oct 2011

Alberta Premier-designate Alison Redford committed during her campaign to suspend the public land sale known as “Potatogate” that would see 16,000 acres of native prairie converted to intensive irrigated agricultural use. Potatogate lands are known to provide crucial habitat for numerous species at risk, including burrowing owl, ferruginous hawk and long-billed curlew. “Albertans deserve to know that the species that call this province home today will still be here for generations to come,” Redford wrote in a September 12, 2011 statement. Read more »

Posted October 5, 2011 by AEN

Moratorium on motorized access necessary for grizzly survival

19 Sep 2011

CALGARY -  Industrial and public motorized access routes in grizzly bear habitat greatly exceed thresholds recommended in the Alberta government’s official Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan. This issue is so critical that several Alberta Conservation organizations are calling for an immediate moratorium on new roads. Read more »

Posted September 19, 2011 by AEN

Save our Sage-Grouse! Recommendations from Emergency Sage-Grouse Summit

8 Sep 2011

Desperate measures are needed if Canada’s most endangered wildlife species, the greater sage-grouse, is to be saved from extinction in Canada. This is the overwhelming conclusion coming from the Emergency Sage-Grouse Summit, held in Calgary, Alberta September 7-8, 2011.

“We have known for a long time that sage-grouse are in trouble,” says Cliff Wallis, Alberta Wilderness Association vice-president. “We will continue to press government and industry to stop industrial development in critical habitat. Read more »

Posted September 8, 2011 by AEN

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