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Autumn Splendor: An AWA Celebration in the Snow Valley

Oct 24 2015 - 6:00pm

From the AWA website:

Join us for a Fabulous Chicken Bar-be-que in the Fall Coloured Snow Valley to Celebrate AWA’s 50th Anniversary!

There will be Food, Entertainment, Mingling, Updates from AWA Board Members, Auction and Raffle Fun!

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Location

Snow Valley Ski Club (13204 45 Avenue NW)
Edmonton, AB

Posted September 14, 2015 by AEN

Wild West Gala: A Celebration of Wildlife and Wild Spaces in Alberta

Sep 25 2015 - 6:00pm

From the AWA website:

The 27th annual Wild West Gala is a celebration of AWA’s 50th anniversary. This is the best foot-stompin’, fun-lovin’ great-eats-and-fine-wine evening of the season. There’s plenty to celebrate after 50 years of conservation and it is a great time to meet new friends and old.

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Location

Red and White Club (1833 Crowchild Trail NW)
Calgary, AB

Posted September 14, 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

Public Comment Period: Enhancing the Protection of the Castle area

Initiative: 
Enhancing the Protection of the Castle area
Deadline: 
5 Oct 2015 (All day)

From the Alberta Parks website:

The Castle area is one of the most biologically diverse areas in Alberta with over 200 rare or at-risk species, including wolverine and grizzly bear. The area has a history of multiple uses including commercial forestry, grazing, oil and gas development as well as tourism development and recreational uses.

The Government of Alberta is committed to enhancing protection of the Castle Special Management Area. To achieve this, government will amend the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan to designate the Castle area under Parks’ legislation. The Government of Alberta is therefore proceeding with a public comment period on the following plan:

  1. Expansion of the Castle Wildland Provincial Park;
  2. Creation of a Provincial Park

The enhanced protection of the Castle area will allow us to focus on stewardship, protecting and enhancing biodiversity, and promoting the area as an outdoor destination for all Albertans.

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Posted September 9, 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

Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Science Symposium

Sep 16 2015 - 8:00am - 1:00pm

You’re invited to join the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) and our collaborators for a Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Science Symposium! ABMI’s Ecosystem Services Assessment project is assessing and mapping ecosystem services across the province of Alberta to better understand how management and land use decision affect the provision of ecosystem services in the province. Read more »

Location

Wildrose Room
Lister Conference Centre (University of Alberta)
Edmonton, AB T6G 2H6

Posted August 14, 2015 by AEN

End in Sight for Energy Leasing in Alberta Caribou Ranges?

4 Aug 2015

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) has found that no new energy rights within Alberta caribou ranges are scheduled for future sales. Two in-range licences covering 24 km2, which had been posted for the August 19 rights auction, have since been withdrawn by Alberta Energy. AWA recognizes the importance of these lease sale withdrawals and urges the Alberta government to defer all new energy leasing within caribou ranges, until strong habitat-recovery range plans are in place to ensure survival of Alberta’s endangered caribou. Read more »

Posted August 5, 2015 by AEN

Govenlock PFRA Pasture a Significant Step towards Prairie Conservation

30 Jul 2015

David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills-Grasslands, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, announced on July 29, 2015 that the Govenlock Community Pasture will be transferred from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to Environment Canada, conserving this grassland ecosystem and habitat for species at risk. Read more »

Posted July 30, 2015 by AEN

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