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Marie Lake Decision Brings Hope for McClelland Lake Fen

Alberta Wilderness Association

Release Date: September 6, 2007

Premier Stelmach's decision to halt seismic testing on Marie Lake indicates a shift in government priorities that may bode well for other lakes and wetlands on the brink of destruction. One such area is the spectacular McClelland Lake Wetland Complex north of Fort McMurray. Read more »

Posted September 9, 2007 by Anonymous

Alberta's Grizzly Bear Numbers are Worse Than Ever

Groups Ask for "Endangered" Listing with Release of Latest Population Data

Startling new findings suggest that Alberta's grizzly bear population now stands at fewer than 500 bears, or half of what was previously believed. Grizzlies appear to be on the road to extinction in Alberta unless significant changes are made to how grizzly bear habitat is managed. Read more »

Posted June 11, 2007 by Anonymous

Government Silent on Grizzly Bear Numbers: Déjà Vu for Conservationists

Alberta Wilderness AssociationDefenders of Wildlife CanadaGrizzly Bear Alliance

May 7, 2007

Conservation groups are once again calling on the government to release the results of their DNA-based grizzly bear population analysis. The latest phase of the multi-year study was completed early this spring but it has still not been released to the public. Read more »

Posted June 11, 2007 by Anonymous

UN Forum on Forests: Major Groups Call for Urgent Action

Alberta Wilderness Association

News Release: April 23, 2007

New York, April 23 - Major Groups took the lead on a multi-stakeholder dialogue at the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) 7th Session being held in New York and called on Governments to undertake immediate action on behalf of civil society. They told the UNFF that the status quo is unacceptable and expressed alarm at the unprecedented rate of forest disappearance which is having tremendous impacts on people and the environment. They said that it is time to move the dialogue to action and called for a member country to host a Major Group-led initiative in 2008 that would allow more substantial discussion on Major Groups' engagement in the multi-year programme of work (MYPOW). Nations are convened at the UN Headquarters to discuss a non-legally binding instrument (NLBI) on all types of forests and the MYPOW for the period 2007-2015. Read more »

Posted April 26, 2007 by Anonymous

Call for Oil Sands Moratorium Grows Louder

Alberta Wilderness Association

News Release: April 23, 2007

As the second round of province-wide oil sands consultations draws to a close, the call for a temporary reprieve from new oil sands leases and approvals increases. In its second presentation to the Oil Sands Consultation Panel in Calgary today, Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) added its voice to those asking for a moratorium on oil sands activities, for new protected areas in oil sands regions, and for an overarching provincial land and resources management plan that effectively addresses cumulative impacts. Read more »

Posted April 24, 2007 by Anonymous

Earth Day Climb a Wild Success

Alberta Wilderness Association

News Release: April 21, 2007

Calgary showed off its wild side this past Earth Day weekend as more than 830 Albertans celebrated their province's wild spaces with the Alberta Wilderness Association at the 16th Annual Climb & Run for Wilderness. Read more »

Posted April 23, 2007 by Anonymous

Wild Lands Advocate, April 2007

Alberta Wilderness Association

The April 2007 issue of Wild Lands Advocate is now available at

Inside this Issue

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Alberta's War on Pine Beetles - Using a Sledgehammer to Crack a Nut

Alberta Wilderness Association

News Release: April 12, 2007

The implications of the impending outbreak of mountain pine beetle (MPB) in Alberta look to be profound, but knee-jerk attempts to deal with the problem - or to be seen to deal with the problem - will likely do more damage than the beetles themselves. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) believes that measures to deal with the MPB outbreak must be led by the best available science. Read more »

Posted April 13, 2007 by Anonymous

Families Wild About Conservation Fundraiser

Alberta Wilderness Association

News Release: April 12, 2007

With only two weeks to go, Alberta's families are gearing up to climb the Calgary Tower in support of our province's wild spaces at this year's family orientated Climb & Run for Wilderness. Read more »

Posted April 13, 2007 by Anonymous

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