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Alberta's War on Pine Forest Misguided and Destructive

Alberta Wilderness AssociationCanadian Parks and Wilderness Society

The Alberta government's all-out war on mountain pine beetle (MPB) will seriously harm our forests and wildlife, cost over $20 million of taxpayers' money, and is destined to fail. CPAWS and AWA are calling for a more rational approach to deal with MPB including preserving caribou habitat, investing in a value-added wood products industry, re-evaluating fire suppression strategies, and combating climate change.

"The pine beetles have invaded Alberta for one simple reason - the climate is now warm enough to support them," says Rick Schneider, Conservation Director with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. "We know from B.C.'s experience that stopping the beetle is impossible. The Canadian Forest Service has confirmed that intervention to bring the epidemic under control is not feasible. So instead of wasteful and destructive efforts to the stop the beetle we need to develop plans for living with it," says Schneider. Read more »

Posted November 15, 2006 by russ

Private Grab of Public Land in Ghost Waiparous

Alberta Wilderness Association

An application by a private company to lease 160 acres of public land in the Ghost Waiparous is nearing the approval stage with almost no public knowledge. This is one of a growing number of such lease applications throughout Alberta's Eastern Slopes, with little scrutiny and minimal opportunity for public comment. AWA is asking the Alberta government to put all such developments on hold until its long-awaited land-use framework is completed.

Lazy H Trail Company of Cochrane has applied for a 99-year lease of 160 acres of wilderness public land for a private resort development that could cater to as manyas 600 people per day. The site is remote, on the north side of the Ghost River's headwaters, only about 6 km east of Banff National Park, near Lake Minnewanka. This precedent-setting attempt to grab a quarter section of prime public real estate through Alberta's Tourism Recreation Lease (ATRL) process could be approved without any input from the land's owners, the Alberta public. Read more »

Posted November 15, 2006 by russ

Alberta Government's War - Threatened Caribou Are First Casualties

Alberta Wilderness AssociationCanadian Parks & Wilderness Society

November 10, 2006

The Alberta government has approved a policy that compels forestry companies to fight mountain pine beetle by clearcutting old pine forest in Alberta's Foothills. Alberta is forcing companies such as Weyerhaeuser in Grande Prairie to log mature pine forest that is at risk of mountain pine beetle attack. AWA and others believe the first casualty of Alberta's war on the forest will be threatened caribou populations. Read more »

Posted November 10, 2006 by russ

Hancock and Dinning Lead the Pack on Environmental Protection

Conservation Voters of Alberta

Nov. 2, 2006
For immediate release

The environment is one of the top three priorities of Albertans, together with health care and education. Albertans want to see their strong conservation and stewardship values reflected in the actions of their government.

The Conservation Voters of Alberta has reviewed the environmental platforms of the PC leadership candidates and has found signs that the new PC leadership may be significantly greener than the Klein administration has been. Whereas the Klein government has focused on resource development at the expense of the environment, several leadership candidates include at least some aspects of environmental protection in their platforms. Read more »

Posted November 2, 2006 by russ

AWA Open House Talk - Things That Go "Boing!" in the Night: the Ord's Kangaroo Rat


Things That Go "Boing!" in the Night: the Ord's Kangaroo Ratwith Andy TeucherAlberta Wilderness Association Alberta's prairies are not merely the uniform agricultural landscapes that people often think of. Rolling hills, badlands, broad river valleys, and sand dunes are home to many interesting and unique species of plants and animals, including the little known Ord's kangaroo rat. Neither kangaroo nor rat, these endearing rodents are highly specialised desert dwellers, and in Alberta face some unique challenges, of both natural and human causes. Read more »

ENGOs Hope to Reverse the Destruction of Canada's Fisheries

Alberta Wilderness Association

October 12, 2006

Environmental non-government organizations and the Assembly of First Nations from sea to sea to sea gathered in Ottawa today for a historic meeting with senior Department of Fisheries and Oceans officials to discuss solutions to the crisis facing Canada's fish and fish habitats.

A good part of the meeting focused on the failure to enforce the strongest piece of Canadian environmental legislation, the federal Fisheries Act. Representatives of groups from across Canada expressed dismay at the continuing deterioration of fisheries and the associated regulatory regime. Read more »

Posted October 12, 2006 by russ

AWA Open House Talk: Wolves, Sheep, Cattle and People: Ecological and Economic Considerations


Description: Wolves, Sheep, Cattle and People: Ecological and Economic ConsiderationsWith Marco MusianiParts of the Balkans in Eastern Europe have been devastated by wars in the past two decades. After the last war, large socialist farms were replaced by smaller private farming operations. Each farm risks comparatively more from wolf predation which is still rare, but can harm little businesses individually. Farmers are learning to live with wolves, despite the hardships of subsistence economies entirely reliant on livestock. Read more »

Big Bad Corporations on Campus: The Link between toilet paper on campus and Alberta’s Endangered Foothills Forests


Alberta Foothills NetworkEnvironmental Direct Action NetworkThe official Give your Bum a Voice! University of Alberta - Kimberly Clark Campaign is about to commence! Please join us for the presentation outlined below to learn more.If you are unable to make the presentation but are interested in any of the following, please email Rebecca at savethefoothills [at] gmail [dot] com for info on how you can join this exciting campaign.This new campaign will offer:

  • Fun, creative and exciting actions, events and meetings;
  • Experience, training and mentoring for all levels of activists and organizers from experts in Alberta and beyond;
  • Learn more about the link between consumption (on campus and in your home) in Alberta and the loss of our foothill forests;
  • An original Market Action Campaign: one of the first of its kind in the province;
  • Working cooperatively with the environmental communities of the University, Edmonton, Canada and the USA;
  • Opportunities for you to make a difference for forests, wildlife and water in our province.

When: Wed Sept 13, 2pm Where: Humanities L1-2, U of A Campus Read more »

Rona Ambrose Served With Legal Notice

Tiny Species Could Cause Big Headache For Feds

News Release: August 8, 2006

Edmonton, AB - A coalition of environmental groups today served Federal Environment Minister Rona Ambrose with a petition giving her 60 days to step in to protect two endangered plants in Alberta or face a lawsuit. Alberta Wilderness Association, Federation of Alberta Naturalists, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Sierra Club of Canada and Nature Canada, represented by Sierra Legal Defence Fund, are threatening the suit to test the federal government's intention to protect Canada's endangered wildlife. Read more »

Posted August 9, 2006 by russ

Caribou Running in their own Death Race

Concern for threatened species raised at Grande Cache Event

Alberta Foothills Network: A collaboration of international voices that are committed to the protection, restoration and the establishment of Protected Areas, and socially and ecologically sustainable development in the Endangered Foothills Natural Region of Alberta.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, August 3, 2006

Local and international environmental groups are joining the migration of over 900 of the most extreme runners in North America to Grande Cache for the community’s largest event – the annual Canadian Death Race. Considered the toughest race in Canada, the 125 km race consists of three mountain summits and over 17,000 ft of elevation change through the scenic mountains and foothills around Grande Cache. Read more »

Posted August 3, 2006 by russ

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