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Alberta’s Plan for Parks Veers Off Track

4 Feb 2009

Alberta, Canada — The province's protected area watchdogs strongly support the Alberta Government's resolve to write and implement a new and much-needed parks policy in time for regional land-use planning. However, they are sounding the alarm because the current draft of Alberta's Plan for Parks does a poor job of accommodating what the majority of Albertans say they want for parks. Read more »

Posted February 4, 2009 by Anonymous

AWA Talk: When Cougars Meet Humans

Feb 3 2009 - 7:00pm

When Cougars Meet Humans: Public Opinion, Rural Development & Conservation

with Aliah Adams Knopff

Can these large carnivores co-exist with people on a human-dominated
landscape? How does the proximity of cougars and humans influence public
opinion and impact wildlife management?

Aliah Adams Knopff works with her husband, Kyle, on the Central East Slopes
Cougar Study in west-central Alberta. She is working toward a master's in
biological science at the U of A. Read more »


Strathcona Branch Public Library
8331 104 Street NW
Edmonton, AB

Posted January 28, 2009 by Anonymous

AWA Talk: Economic Growth, Sacred Cows & the Wall Street Bull

Jan 20 2009 - 7:00pm

Economic Growth, Sacred Cows & the Wall Street Bull: Perspectives from Ecological Economics
with Dr. Brian Czech

What is the role of citizens in developing a new economic policy? Join us for a discussion with Dr. Czech (via teleconference) of the trade-off between economic growth and wilderness conservation.

Dr. Brian Czech is President of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy, a visiting professor at Virginia Tech, and a conservation biologist with the U.S. government. Read more »


AWA Office
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted January 15, 2009 by Anonymous

AWA Talk: The Tar Sands - A North American Time Bomb with Andrew Nikiforuk

Nov 10 2008 - 7:00pm

Alberta Wilderness Association

Join Andrew for a discussion of his latest book, hot off the press.

Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent will be available for
sale and signing.

Andrew Nikiforuk is a well-known Canadian journalist whose books include
Pandemonium, Saboteurs (a GG Award-winner), and Fourth Horseman. Read more »


AWA Office
455 10 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted November 6, 2008 by Anonymous

Environmental Coalition Launches Suffield Video Days before Hearing

Southern Alberta Group for the EnvironmentFederation of Alberta NaturalistsAlberta Wilderness AssociationNature CanadaGrasslands NaturalistsNature Saskatchewan

Calgary (October 2, 2008) - The high-profile hearing for EnCana's application for a large shallow gas project in the Suffield National Wildlife Area (NWA) will begin in Calgary on Monday, October 6. Today the Suffield Coalition - seven conservation groups opposing the application - launched a three-minute videhighlighting EnCana's poor environmental record in the area and pointing tthe danger tSuffield's rare grassland ecosystem. The video, entitled "Suffield National Wildlife Area - Defending a Grassland Treasure," can be viewed on the Alberta Wilderness Association website ( Read more »

Posted October 2, 2008 by Anonymous

“In Situ” Oil Sands Extracton: Impacts on Wild Lands and Groundwater

Oct 2 2008 - 7:00pm

Alberta Wilderness Association

With Wallace King & Carolyn Campbell

Learn about below-ground oil sands development and the potential for contamination of Canada’s largest groundwater aquifer.

Wallace King is a professional geologist in the oil and gas sector, and geological and environmental advisor to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region One. Carolyn Campbell is a conservation specialist with Alberta Wilderness Association. Read more »


Strathcona Public Library
8331 104 Street
Edmonton, AB

Posted September 30, 2008 by Anonymous

EnCana’s Ninth Appearance in Court on Wildlife Act Charges

Southern Alberta Group for the EnvironmentFederation of Alberta NaturalistsAlberta Wilderness AssociationNature CanadaGrasslands Naturalists

Calgary (September 18, 2008) – With the hearing into EnCana’s application to drill 1,275 wells in the Suffield National Wildlife Area less than three weeks away, another related scenario continues to unfold. On September 18, EnCana appears in Medicine Hat Court for the ninth time on charges related to installing a section of pipeline in the National Wildlife Area without a permit. EnCana has pled not guilty, and during the September 18 appearance, a trial date is to be set. Read more »

Posted September 17, 2008 by Anonymous

Oil Sands Industry Blocks New Wetland Protection Rules

For immediate release – September 16, 2008

Alberta Wilderness AssociationPembina InstituteSierra Club of Canada (Prairie Chapter)Southern Alberta Group for the Environment • South Peace Environment Association • Water Matters

A last-minute withdrawal by the oil sands industry from a negotiated agreement on wetlands has prompted calls from environmental groups that the Government of Alberta not give in to oil industry pressure, but rather deliver on overdue rules to protect and conserve wetlands across Alberta.

Two letters to the Alberta government, sent by the oil sands industry after they withdrew their approval for a broadly supported wetland policy, demonstrate the oil sands industry’s overt effort to pressure the Alberta government.

Alberta Wilderness Association, Pembina Institute, Sierra Club of Canada (Prairie Chapter), Southern Alberta Group for the Environment, South Peace Environment Association and Water Matters are calling on the Government of Alberta to proceed swiftly to implement a landmark wetland policy recommended today by the multi-stakeholder Alberta Water Council (AWC). Read more »

Posted September 16, 2008 by Anonymous

Alberta's War on Wolves: First it's Sterilization; Now it's Poisoning

Alberta Wilderness Association

Release Date: March 26, 2008

As if the recent proposal to sterilize wolves in central Alberta were not enough, the Alberta government is now reportedly using strychnine to poison wolves in areas of northern Alberta. Read more »

Posted March 28, 2008 by Anonymous

Federal lawsuit highlights failure to protect endangered bird habitat

Alberta Wilderness Association
Defending Wild Alberta through Awareness and Action

For immediate release: Feb. 14, 2008

Valentine’s message to Baird and Stelmach: “Sage grouse have nowhere to dance!”

CALGARY – Six conservation groups have launched a major lawsuit against the federal Minister of Environment, John Baird, for refusing to identify critical greater sage-grouse habitat. The once widespread grouse has been listed as “endangered” since 1998 and now survives in a remote area in the southeastern corner of Alberta and southwestern corner of Saskatchewan. Read more »

Posted February 20, 2008 by Anonymous

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