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Poll finds huge support for legislating Castle Special Place as Wildland Park & major opposition to logging it

14 Mar 2011

(Lethbridge) Lethbridge and Coaldale residents overwhelmingly oppose logging and support establishment of a Wildland Park in the Castle Special Management Area west of Pincher Creek, according to a recent survey conducted by the Lethbridge College Citizen Society Research Lab.

More than 85 per cent of those surveyed February 12 and 13 oppose the logging plan approved by provincial Sustainable Resource Development last year. Spray Lakes Sawmills of Cochrane plans to clear-cut the area between the Beaver Mines Lake, Lynx Creek and Castle Falls Provincial Recreation Areas and campgrounds starting in June. The logging is technically called block-cut logging. Read more »

Posted March 14, 2011 by russ

New findings prompt call that Alberta Government make good on having failed the Castle Special Place

9 Mar 2011

Calgary:  The tools the Alberta Government has used since 1998 to protect the Castle Special Place in the southwest corner of Alberta – a Forest Land Use Zone, the Castle Access Management Plan and “special management” – are now documented in a new study by Global Forest Watch Canada as an utter failure observes the Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition, Sierra Club Canada and Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Southern Alberta Chapter.  Global Forest Watch Canada’s study was released today, complete with photographs on the accumulated density of linear disturbances (roads, seismic lines, truck trails, etc.) that are de facto open to motorized use in the Castle.  It provides one more reason why commercial logging should not go ahead there and gives the scientific evidence for what outdoor enthusiasts and conservation groups alike have been pointing to for years – that the Castle is being degraded and it isn’t managed in a sustainable manner.   Read more »

Posted March 9, 2011 by AEN

Get Engaged with Your Parks - A Stimulating Evening with Park Experts

Mar 9 2011 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Cost: Free

The Southern Alberta chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS SAB) would like to invite you to an exciting evening in Calgary with park experts as we discuss and celebrate the CPAWS SAB chapter's video, "Parks and Protected Areas: A Simple Solution to our Complex Problems." CPAWS SAB worked ardently with local volunteers to create a short video about our parks, grizzly bear recovery, and climate change.

We have invited local experts Chris Manderson (Natural Area Management Lead, City of Calgary, Parks), Jim Stomp (Site Manager - Fish Creek District Alberta Tourism, Parks, Recreation and Culture), and Dave Poulton (Environmental Consultant, Environmental Strategies) to discuss with YOU the role of parks and protected areas in our human and wilderness communities. Read more »

Location

The Plaza Theatre
1133 Kensington Road NW
Calgary, AB

Posted March 4, 2011 by AEN

Workshop - More Parks Now, Not Bill 29

Mar 2 2011 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Tourism, Parks & Recreation Minister is still determined to get Bill 29 passed. She will be undertaking some form of outreach or consultation on Bill 29 during this summer (see notes for form-letter MLAs are sending in reply to letters from citizens). Lets continue to work together to set the agenda in favour of more parks and their legislative protection before summer.

Workshop

If you cannot come or weren't at the prior workshops, please contact Kristin or Dianne (info at end), so you receive the earlier information. Read more »

Location

Calgary Area Outdoor Council, 2nd Floor
1111 Memorial Drive NW
Calgary, AB

Posted March 1, 2011 by AEN

Minister’s decision to withdraw Bill 29: an encouraging step for Alberta’s Parks & Protected Areas

7 Feb 2011

(Calgary, AB) The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is applauding Cindy Ady, Minister of Parks Recreation and Tourism, for withdrawing the new Provincial Parks Act (Bill 29) from the spring session of legislature. Since November, thousands of Albertans and Canadians have written the Minister stating strong concerns with the Bill and its potential impact on Alberta’s most precious protected areas. Read more »

Posted February 7, 2011 by AEN

Alberta Shines As Minister Withdraws Bill 29

The bill threatened the natural integrity of Alberta's parks

24 Nov 2010

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is applauding Albertans and the Alberta Government for putting our wilderness first by withdrawing the proposed Alberta Parks Act-Bill 29.  Announced today in the midst of Alberta Legislature, Minister Ady stood up for the protection of Alberta parks as she withdrew the controversial Bill 29 and announced that a public consultation will be held for future parks legislation. Read more »

Posted December 1, 2010 by AEN

World Heritage Sites in Danger with Alberta’s Proposed Parks Act

23 Nov 2010

Ottawa, ON – UNESCO World Heritage Sites (WHS) will be directly and adversely affected by the Alberta Government’s proposed Alberta Parks Act (Bill 29) according to a letter that national conservation organizations have emailed Alberta Premier, Ed Stelmach and copied to IUCN, the international scientific body that provides advice to the World Heritage Committee.  The Alberta Government with its huge majority is set to pass Bill 29 this Thursday, without any public consultation on it.  The organization’s letter echoes the growing call of Albertans and newspape Read more »

Posted November 24, 2010 by AEN

Conservation groups launch Save Our Parks Week

and say "back to drawing-board" on new parks act

12 Nov 2010

Edmonton, Red Deer & Calgary—  At press conferences today in Alberta’s three largest media centres, Alberta’s conservation groups announced that the government’s proposed new parks legislation is so regressive and harmful to Alberta’s parks that they are launching November 15-20 as Save Our Parks Week.  They want the Bill withdrawn by the Tourism, Parks and Recreation Minister and are calling on Albertans to save their parks by emailing and faxing

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Posted November 12, 2010 by AEN

Alberta likely headed into “Park-gate” with overhaul of the parks legislation

4 Nov 2010

Calgary -  Breaking news!  The Stelmach government has introduced a new parks Act that conservation groups expect will undermine more than four decades of protection for Alberta’s provincial network of parks, if the likely changes are not defeated by a public outcry now.  Concepts that the new Act is based on were put out last summer for public input through a question and answer form on the government’s website.  Those include col­lapsing Natural Areas, Wilderness Areas, Wildland Parks, Ecological Reserves, Provincial Recreation Areas and Provincial P Read more »

Posted November 4, 2010 by AEN

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