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CPAWS Calgary/Banff Launches "My Vote is for the Environment" Campaign

The CPAWS Calgary/Banff Chapter has launched a new campaign focusing on environmental issues in the 2008 Alberta Elections.

CPAWS is a non-partisan organization, so we will not be endorsing any specific candidates or parties. However, we feel it is important to give citizens the tools to make an informed decision when they vote for the environment. To do this CPAWS Calgary/Banff is also providing an extensive online guide at for voters who are concerned about environmental issues in Alberta. The guide includes tips for talking to candidates, information on the provinces' top environmental issues as well as links to other resources. The guide will be updated with news and the election-related resources of other organizations as they become available. Read more »

Posted February 7, 2008 by Anonymous

Government Violates Guidelines and Allows Further Destruction of Endangered Caribou Habitat

Alberta Wilderness AssociationCanadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Northern Alberta

Press Release January 22, 2008

Interim strategies to protect caribou were agreed to in 2006 by all members of the West Central Caribou Landscape Team, including government and industry, to prevent further degradation of the caribou range in the Foothills of western Alberta. The best remaining parts of the caribou ranges (intact patches) were identified. One of the most important of the interim strategies is to minimize further fragmentation of intact patches. It has been recently learned that government continues to permit industrial use in these intact areas, including the Little Smoky Range, where a caribou herd is at immediate risk of elimination. Government refuses to give out information on where the use is occurring. Read more »

Posted January 23, 2008 by Anonymous

Boreal Market News Volume 5, Issue 12

Published by CPAWS – Northern Alberta Chapter

  1. Boreal forest the 'Fort Knox' of carbon
    University of Alberta ecologist David Schindler said Canada needs to be very careful about how it handles its forests if it wants to prevent more carbon from adding to the current climate change problem. Schindler suggested that now is an opportune time to focus on keeping forests intact and putting them in long-term reserves, especially since the forestry industry is floundering.

  2. Major Momentum Builds For Canada's Boreal Forest - Businesses, First Nations and Conservation Groups Advance Solutions to Preserve Canada's Green Necklace
    Global energy company Nexen Inc., national environmental organization the Pembina Institute, the Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta and socially-responsible fund manager Domini Social Investments LLC are the newest members of the Boreal Leadership Council (BLC), the Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI) today announced. The 18 members of the BLC are also signatories to the Boreal Forest Conservation Framework, which is a vision to preserve at least half of the Boreal Forest while supporting sustainable development on the remaining landscape.

  3. Xerox Corporation Earns Widest Reaching Forest Stewardship Council Chain-of-Custody Certification Spanning Operations in 17 Countries
    Xerox Corporation, one of the world's largest brands of cut-sheet paper, has earned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain-of-Custody certification from the Rainforest Alliance's SmartWood program. This certification will allow Xerox to purchase and sell FSC-certified paper at 77 distribution centers in 17 countries in North America and Europe - covering the greatest geographic area of any FSC Chain-of-Custody certification to date.

  4. Random House and ForestEthics join forces at Bali climate talks
    Tzeporah Berman with ForestEthics was in Bali speaking about the climate change impacts of logging Canada's Boreal forest. "Canada has an opportunity to change course and be a climate leader by committing to absolute emission reduction targets and supporting new UN forest rules that recognize the importance of conserving the planet's major carbon storehouses, Canada's very own boreal and temperate forests."

Boreal Market News is a publication of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Edmonton Chapter. Our intent is to provide information to decision makers on new developments in forest management, focusing on changing market forces. For more information or to be added or removed from the mailing list contact the Editor, Helene Walsh, at: helene_w [at] telus [dot] net Read more »

Posted January 7, 2008 by Anonymous

CPAWS Calgary/Banff Monthly Meeting: Save Kananaskis!

Canadian Parks and Wilderness SocietyCalgary/ Banff Chapter Save Kananaskis!Stop Logging, Create a Park With guests Dr. Ralph Cartar, Paola Romanelli and Doug Sephton, leaders from Save Kananaskis. Read more »

Conservation Groups Call for Release of Habitat Report, Parks and Funding to Save Grizzlies

Alberta Wilderness AssociationDefenders of Wildlife CanadaCPAWS — Northern AlbertaFederation of Alberta NaturalistsNatural Resources Defense CouncilJasper Environmental AssociationWest Athabasca Bioregional SocietySierra Club of Canada

Media Release For Immediate Release: Oct. 24, 2007

Calgary — Local and national conservation organizations are calling on Alberta's Sustainable Development Minister, Ted Morton, to release the scientists' report outlining core grizzly habitat areas to his Grizzly Bear Recovery Team and the public. To make up for the five years of lost time during the protracted recovery planning process, they are asking Morton and the Minister of Tourism, Parks, Recreation and Culture, Hector Goudreau, to quickly move on establishing three wildland parks, which encompass core grizzly habitat long known to be important to the bears' future and which have already gone through various assessment and review processes. Read more »

Posted October 25, 2007 by Anonymous

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