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Pembina reacts to draft Woodland Caribou Recovery Strategy

26 Aug 2011

CALGARY — Simon Dyer, policy director with the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Government of Canada's release of a draft recovery strategy for woodland caribou:

"By allowing 95 per cent of woodland caribou habitat in northeastern Alberta to be lost, the Government of Canada is proposing that Canadians 'write off' virtually all the habitat that supports Alberta's caribou herds in order to promote irresponsible levels of oilsands development.

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Posted August 26, 2011 by AEN

Proposed caribou recovery strategy violates SARA

26 Aug 2011

EDMONTON — The federal government’s draft woodland caribou recovery strategy — released today, four years overdue — is illegal and fails on multiple fronts to comply with requirements under the Species at Risk Act, Ecojustice said today.

“This is not a recovery plan. This is barely a survival plan,” said Melissa Gorrie, Ecojustice staff lawyer. “SARA requires that recovery plans be based in science, but this plan clearly prioritizes political and industrial interests over that of the animals it is supposed to protect.” Read more »

Posted August 26, 2011 by AEN

Alberta’s Woodland Caribou in Peril

Newly-revealed Documents Show Scientists Trying to Sound the Alarm

18 Aug 2011

The plight of Alberta’s woodland caribou has become so desperate that Alberta government scientists are recommending that the species be downgraded from a threatened species to an endangered species, according to newly‐released documents. Although the province’s Scientific Subcommittee recommended the downgrading nearly a year ago, still the government is failing to act. Read more »

Posted August 18, 2011 by AEN

Alberta Caribou Protection Lost in Secret Forestry Deal

17 Aug 2011

With a long overdue federal recovery strategy for Alberta’s critically threatened woodland caribou anticipated to be only weeks away, the Government of Alberta has quietly signed a new 20 year Forest Management Agreement (FMA) with Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries (Al-Pac) that closes the door on protecting caribou habitat in northeastern Alberta. The agreement seems to ignore the protection scientists say is critical for woodland caribou and other wildlife affected by forestry and oil sands industries in the FMA’s 58,000 km2 swath of north central and northeastern Alberta. Read more »

Posted August 17, 2011 by AEN

Motorized Access Levels in the Ghost Too High for Grizzlies

10 Aug 2011

 Motorized access density in southern Alberta’s Ghost Watershed is more than three times that officially recorded by the Alberta government, and more than four times the maximum recommended in the province’s Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan says a new report released August 8. Motorized access levels in bear habitat strongly correspond to high mortality rates for grizzly bears. Read more »

Posted August 11, 2011 by AEN

Federal Court overturns Minister’s decision not to recommend emergency protection for caribou

29 Jul 2011

EDMONTON — The federal Environment Minister’s “out of the blue” decision not to recommend emergency protection for woodland caribou in northeastern Alberta ignored scientific evidence and must be set aside, the Federal Court said late yesterday.

Environment Minister Peter Kent must now reconsider the government’s position on emergency protections for the caribou.

The Federal Court recognized that scientific evidence indicates the caribou face threats to their survival. Read more »

Posted August 3, 2011 by AEN

Conservation Volunteers: Unravelling the Wire

Aug 13 2011 - 9:30am - 3:30pm

Join NCC and Edmonton and Area Land Trust as we tear-down and roll-up a woven fence inhibiting wildlife movement amongst the patchwork of wetlands in the Cooking Lake Moraine. You can help us improve the connectivity of this area all in a days work! For more information and to register for events, go to


Hicks Property - Cooking Lake Moraine Natural Area
Tofield, AB

Posted July 7, 2011 by AEN

Conservation Volunteers: Don’t Fence Me In

Jul 27 2011 - 9:30am - 3:30pm

Join us for a day of hands-on conservation as we roll up our sleeves to tear-down 1 km of fence line that is currently interfering with natural wildlife movement. By helping remove this section of unneeded fence you will make it possible for wildlife to move freely across the landscape! For more information and to register for events, go


Mercier Property — Buffalo Lake Moraine Natural Area near
Stettler, AB

Posted July 6, 2011 by AEN

Antelope-friendly Fences

Jun 25 2011 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

Help make barbed wire fences around our Haugan Property easier for Pronghorn to cross.  You do not need any particular skill, but bring a hammer if you can. After a couple of hours work, we will hike to a wetland with a spectacular view of the Sweetgrass Hills. This event requires registration at

For more information or to register


Haugan property
Pakowki Lake Natural Area near
Manyberries, AB

Posted June 22, 2011 by AEN

Grizzly Bear Deaths Too High in the Castle Region

Rally Planned to Protest Logging

7 Jun 2011

New Alberta Government data obtained by conservationists show that Grizzly Bears in Alberta’s Castle region are dying at an unsustainable rate. In 2010, 5 grizzly bears out of a population of 51 died in the Castle region and one was trapped and relocated out of it. These six bears represent 11.8 percent of the population lost to the region in a single year. This is added to the 5 bears were lost to the population (four killed and one relocated) in 2009. Read more »

Posted June 8, 2011 by AEN

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