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Canada's "battle in the woods" flares up in Prairie headwaters

Market action launched against logging in Alberta’s southern Rockies

26 Apr 2011

CALGARY - A market action against clear-cut logging in the southern headwaters of the Prairie Provinces has been launched by local and national conservation groups, with international ones adding their names to the grassroots action. It focuses on the Crowsnest Forest, which is located at the head of the water-stressed South Saskatchewan River system, between Kananaskis Country west of Calgary and the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Read more »

Posted April 26, 2011 by AEN

Environmental protection key to promoting strong economy, prosperous families and individual health: green leaders

The top executives of Canada’s major environmental organizations send united Earth Day message to political leaders

21 Apr 2011

OTTAWA — In the midst of a federal election campaign and on the eve of Earth Day, the top executives of Canada's major environmental organizations are calling on all political leaders to take concrete and immediate action to address Canada's urgent environmental challenges. Read more »

Posted April 21, 2011 by AEN

Eco-survey 2011 shows voters what political parties would do to protect the environment

Four parties respond to survey and one doesn’t

18 Apr 2011

OTTAWA — All but one of the main federal political parties have responded to a survey from four of Canada's leading environmental organizations, released today. With exactly two weeks to go in the federal election campaign, the survey identifies the environmental commitments made by the Liberal Party, the NDP, the Bloc Québecois and the Green Party. The Conservative Party did not respond to the survey, which was coordinated by Environmental Defence, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), the Pembina Institute and Équiterre. Read more »

Posted April 18, 2011 by AEN

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 »


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.


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 »


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

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