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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

Public Information Forum: Value of Parks to Neighboring Communities - Pincher Creek

Location:
Pincher Creek

Description:
Sierra Club of Canada"Trail of the Great Bear"Canadian Parks and Wilderness SocietyCastle Crown Wilderness CoalitionNatural Resources Defense Council FreeHeritage Inn, Pincher Creek 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm Doors & displays open at 6:30 pmWhat is the value of parks to neighboring communities in western North America, including Alberta?The first park in Alberta's southwest was established in 1895 - Waterton Lakes National Park. Since then, Beauvais Lake (1954) and Police Outpost (1970) provincial parks, three Historic Sites and the Westcastle Wetlands were added to the protected areas system. In 1982 the Alberta Recreation and Parks Minister stated he recognized "the scarcity and sensitivity of the few remaining wildland and recreation areas of southern Alberta." How have such protected areas benefited our communities and what about the future? Read more »

Public Information Forum: Value of Parks to Neighboring Communities - Crowsnest Pass

Location:
Crowsnest Pass

Description:
Sierra Club of Canada"Trail of the Great Bear"Canadian Parks and Wilderness SocietyCastle Crown Wilderness CoalitionNatural Resources Defense Council FreeCrowsnest Centre, Blairmore 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm Doors & displays open at 6:30 pmWhat is the value of parks to neighboring communities in western North America, including Alberta?The first park in Alberta's southwest was established in 1895 - Waterton Lakes National Park. Since then, Beauvais Lake (1954) and Police Outpost (1970) provincial parks, three Historic Sites and the Westcastle Wetlands were added to the protected areas system. In 1982 the Alberta Recreation and Parks Minister stated he recognized "the scarcity and sensitivity of the few remaining wildland and recreation areas of southern Alberta." How have such protected areas benefited our communities and what about the future? Read more »

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

Location:
Edmonton

Description:
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 »

CPAWS 'Capture the Wild' Photography Contest Entry Deadline

Description:
2006 Categories

  • Alberta Wildlife - "Capture" wild creatures in their naturalenvironment!
  • Amateur - The Wonder of Wilderness!
  • International Nature - Exciting wilderness outside of Canada!
  • Wild Weather - Canada's four seasons and wicked weather!
  • Gorgeous Grasslands - Capture one of the sweeping vistas of Alberta, or focus on the finer details
  • Canada's National Parks and Protected Areas - Visit one of Canada's National Parks and Protected Areas, and share the beauty that you discover
  • Wonderful Wildflowers - Natural and delicate beauty of wildflowers

Be imaginative, get inspired and enjoy "capturing" the great outdoors!!! Read more »

8th Annual 'Capture the Wild' Photography Contest

2006 Categories

  • Alberta Wildlife - "Capture" wild creatures in their natural environment!
  • Amateur - The Wonder of Wilderness!
  • International Nature - Exciting wilderness outside of Canada!
  • Wild Weather - Canada's four seasons and wicked weather!
  • Gorgeous Grasslands - Capture one of the sweeping vistas of Alberta, or focus on the finer details
  • Canada's National Parks and Protected Areas - Visit one of Canada's National Parks and Protected Areas, and share the beauty that you discover
  • Wonderful Wildflowers - Natural and delicate beauty of wildflowers

Be imaginative, get inspired and enjoy "capturing" the great outdoors!!! Read more »

Posted August 23, 2006 by russ

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

Scientists warn of the severe environmental consequences of Alberta's deep oil sands development

August 1, 2006

Fort McMurray, AB - In a report and interactive movie released today by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and the Pembina Institute, scientists warn that projected development of Alberta's deep oil sands will drive many boreal wildlife species, including caribou, lynx, marten and some forest bird species to local extinction.

Today's 35-page report is the first assessment that fully quantifies the cumulative impact of Alberta's deep oil sands extraction on forests and wildlife. Although oil sands strip mining near Fort McMurray has received most of the attention to date, 80% of Alberta's oil sands reserves are too deep to be mined and must be extracted through in situ (in place) techniques. Read more »

Posted August 2, 2006 by russ

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