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Canada’s Boreal Woodland Caribou Still At Risk

CPAWS annual review finds limited progress nationally in 2015

14 Dec 2015

EDMONTON – In its third annual review of government action to conserve Canada's boreal woodland caribou, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) finds there has been spotted progress – with too few jurisdictions showing significant leadership in protecting the species that long graced our 25-cent piece.  

Under the federal Species-at-Risk Act, all provinces and territories are required to have plans in place to recover their boreal caribou populations by 2017, based on the 2012 Final Recovery Strategy for Boreal Woodland Caribou.

“In Alberta, we give credit to the government for deferring the sale of oil and gas leases in caribou habitat over the last six months, however, we are deeply concerned that the situation for boreal caribou has not improved over the last year,” says Alison Ronson, Executive Director of CPAWS Northern Alberta. Read more »

Posted December 14, 2015 by AEN

Survey: Albertans want more wilderness protected

19 Nov 2015

(Calgary, Alberta) — A first-ever survey of Albertans' outdoor activities and values toward recreation and wilderness shows that 76% of adult Albertans regularly participate in outdoor recreation, 86% of adult Albertans would prioritize non-motorized recreation in wilderness areas (vs. motorized recreation, such as ATVs, off-highway vehicles, dirt bikes and motorboats) and88% of Albertans want government to set aside more wilderness where human activity is minimal. Read more »

Posted November 19, 2015 by AEN

Conservation groups in court to defend Jasper National Park from further commercial development

Approval of concept plan to add overnight commercial accommodation at Maligne Lake threatens park protection, groups say

27 Oct 2015

EDMONTON — Conservation groups are in court today to challenge Parks Canada’s approval of a concept plan to build overnight commercial accommodations at Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park, alleging that it would undermine the law and set a dangerous precedent for protection of Canada’s national parks. Read more »

Posted October 28, 2015 by AEN

Launch of the Conservation Blueprint for Northern Alberta & AGM

Oct 21 2015 - 6:30pm

Join CPAWS Northern Alberta as we launch our Conservation Blueprint for Northern Alberta and conduct our Annual General Meeting!

You will be able to purchase your very own copy of the Conservation Blueprint at the event!

There will be a cash bar, free hors d'oeuvres, and some AMAZING silent auction items, including:

  • 1 round trip flight for 2 courtesy of WestJet!
  • 2 beautiful Robert Bateman prints courtesy of Alberta Parks!
  • Gift cards and items from Craft Beer Market, Evoolution, Track N Trail, Audrey's Books, and MORE!

Location

Yellowhead Brewery
10229 105 Street NW
Edmonton, AB

Posted October 15, 2015 by AEN

CPAWS Conservation Presentation Night

Oct 19 2015 - 7:30pm

Come learn about Alberta's:

  • Birds
  • Caribou
  • Climate Change
  • Forest Health
  • Fisheries

… and CPAWS' own Conservation Blueprint of Northern Alberta!

 

Location

800 - 10025 106 Street NW (Baker Centre)
Edmonton, AB

Posted October 15, 2015 by AEN

Broad-based group of Canadians demands a stop to commercialization of Canada's national parks

16 Sep 2015

BANFF, AB —Today a diverse group of Canadians with a deep concern for the well-being of our national parks gathered in Banff to call for an end to inappropriate commercialization of Canada’s national parks.

Recent commercial projects in Banff and Jasper National Parks have privatized public spaces and threatened the very framework that controls development in our parks. Read more »

Posted September 21, 2015 by AEN

New report highlights major commercial development threat to Canada’s national parks

From the CPAWS Northern Alberta Chapter website:

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A new report released today by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) finds that Canada’s national parks are under serious threat from growing commercial development pressures, particularly in Banff and Jasper.

The report describes a list of recent developments that, together, threaten the natural values national parks are intended to protect. These include the recent rushed approval of a massive expansion of the Lake Louise Ski Resort in Banff, construction of the Glacier Skywalk and a proposed Maligne Lake resort development in Jasper, and a proposal to build a giant seven story statue in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, among others.

Posted September 14, 2015 by AEN

New Protected Area to Protect Water, Create Jobs

4 Sep 2015

Blairmore, Alberta. Albertans today are celebrating the long-awaited creation of two new protected areas in Alberta. After more than 40 years of pressure from local business, advocates and community members, the remainder of the Castle Special Place has been protected as a Provincial Park and Wildland Provincial Park, completing the protection of ~1000 km2 region. Read more »

Posted September 4, 2015 by AEN

CPAWS Supports Government Announcement on Increased Enforcement on Public Lands

14 May 2015

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) – Southern Alberta chapter applauds today’s Government of Alberta announcement of increased enforcement on the eastern slopes. Read more »

Posted May 15, 2015 by AEN

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