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Environmental Enforcement Positions Good News for Headwaters

14 May 2015

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is greatly encouraged by today's announcement by the Alberta government that 23 new environmental enforcement positions are being established to patrol Alberta's Eastern Slopes and other backcountry areas. The hirings follow several years of sparse presence on the ground by officers and widespread damage to streams and river beds in Alberta's headwaters. Read more »

Posted May 15, 2015 by AEN

Wild Lands Advocate Vol. 23, No. 1

2015-02-00 Vol. 23 No. 1 Wild Lands Advocate

The latest issue of the Wildlands Advocate is now available from the Alberta Wilderness Association website.

Features

  • Giving up the Ghost?
  • Managing Recreation on Public Land: How does Alberta Compare?
  • Hummingbird to Hope: Trail Monitoring, Management and a Wildland Park in the Bighorn
  • An Impossible Dream?: Biodiversity in Alberta’s Largest Urban Centres
  • A Conservation Easement Goes to Court
  • Flying a Chequered Flag at OHV Races in the Livingstone-Porcupine
  • Read more »

Posted May 12, 2015 by AEN

Record-setting $1,500 Fines Levied against OHV Joyriders

7 May 2015

In a recent ruling, a judge in Rocky Mountain House assessed two $1,500 fines against off-highway vehicle (OHV) users joyriding in the Clearwater River. This is the highest fine ever levied for this charge in Alberta’s history. Read more »

Posted May 7, 2015 by AEN

Oil and Gas Development Transforming North American Landscapes

1 May 2015

Accelerated drilling activity is transforming significant portions of North America's natural landscapes. University of Montana scientists recently released the first broad-scale evaluation of oil and gas industry impacts on landscapes across the U.S. and Canada, including Alberta.

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is renewing its call for development limits in sensitive forest and grassland ecosystems and for expanded protected areas networks. Read more »

Posted May 1, 2015 by AEN

Brisk Alberta Energy Lease Sales in Endangered Caribou Habitat Continue During Election

Who Will Sustainably Manage Alberta’s Forests and Wildlife?

28 Apr 2015

On April 29, in the midst of an election, the Alberta government plans another major auction of new oil and gas leases on 35,600 hectares (356 km2) of endangered mountain and boreal woodland caribou habitat, without rules to reduce surface disturbance below current excessive levels. Since September 2014 the Prentice government has auctioned over 1600 km2 of Alberta caribou ranges for oil and gas leases. Read more »

Posted April 29, 2015 by AEN

Water for Tomorrow — An All-Party Candidates Forum on Water Issues

Apr 30 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Many Albertans have engaged  recently in a number of important water issues. Ensuring our source water security, as well as drought and flood risk management, has become vitally important to each one of us. AWA believes there is both a need and high interest to discuss Alberta water resources policy and decision making. Join us for this panel discussion and hear candidates from major provincial political parties share their views about 'water for tomorrow'.

Candidates confirmed to represent their parties are the following: Read more »

Location

Alberta Wilderness Association
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted April 15, 2015 by AEN

Grizzly Death Toll Climbs

9 Apr 2015

In what has become a sad annual tradition, Alberta’s ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development has released their count of the number of grizzly bears known to have met their end in 2014. All of this year’s 19 deaths were caused by humans, underscoring the grave need for habitat protection for this threatened species. Read more »

Posted April 9, 2015 by AEN

Alberta Could Choose Habitat Recovery Plan, Instead More Lease Sales in Endangered Mountain Caribou Ranges are Planned

23 Mar 2015

The Alberta government has posted new energy leases for sale in the same endangered mountain caribou range in west central Alberta where it cancelled lease sales on March 6. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) asks the Alberta government for consistent decisions to recover Redrock-Prairie Creek and Narraway mountain caribou, and to adopt the principles of the Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) 2012 proposal for Redrock-Prairie Creek caribou range management. Read more »

Posted March 24, 2015 by AEN

Little Smoky Fracking Water Application Reveals Alberta’s Missing Cumulative Effects Management in Duvernay Region

21 Mar 2015

Alberta’s lack of cumulative effects management is revealed in Shell’s recent application to use up to 5 million m3 per year of lake water for oil and gas fracking operations in west central Alberta. Read more »

Posted March 23, 2015 by AEN

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