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Wild Lands Advocate February 2007

The February 2007 issue of Wild Lands Advocate is now available at http://www.albertawilderness.ca Read more »

Posted March 2, 2007 by Anonymous

Suffield Files Reveal Disturbing Story of Environmental Degradation, Non-Compliance by Energy Companies

News Release: February 28, 2007

Internal government documents regarding energy company EnCana's activities inside Canadian Forces Base Suffield, including a federally protected National Wildlife Area (NWA), reveal a disturbing story of environmental degradation and non-compliance, says a coalition of environmental groups. The groups are asking the federal government to prohibit all new industrial activities in the Suffield NWA. Read more »

Posted March 2, 2007 by Anonymous

Valentine’s Day Rally for Alberta’s Woodland Caribou

Location:
Calgary

Description:
Suncor: Have a Heart for CaribouValentine's Day Rally3:30 pm to 5:00 pmDowntown Calgary, in front of Suncor's headofficeNorth side of 4th Ave at Sunlife Energy Plaza, 112 - 4 Ave, SWDress warm and help us encourage Suncor Energy to have a heart for the protection and recovery of Alberta's threatened woodland caribou, including the Little Smoky herd, which is at immediate risk of extinction. Sponsored by the University of Calgary EcoClub, Sierra Club of Canada, West Athabasca Bioregional Society, CPAWS-Edmonton, Canadian Youth Climate Coalition, Alberta Foothills Network and Voice for Animals Humane Society. Read more »

Caribou Jeopardized by Forest Products Association Decision to Clearcut for Pine Beetle

Alberta Wilderness Association

News Release: January 22, 2007

Alberta's threatened woodland caribou suffered one more nail in the coffin with the recent about-turn by the Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA) in its decision to ignore caribou habitat in the ongoing "war on pine beetle." Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is fed-up with one more flip-flop in the AFPA's inconsistent approach to protection of the endangered woodland caribou, and is calling for their removal from the Alberta government's Caribou Committee (ACC). Read more »

Posted January 23, 2007 by russ

Action Alert: Have a Green Christmas and write to Ted Morton

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society — Edmonton Chapter

Tips and suggestions for having a green Christmas

Give nature a present too! The Christmas season is full of traditions and joy, unfortunately it can also be full of waste. Here are some simple ways to keep the traditions alive and extend the giving to the environment too.

  • Carry cloth bags when shopping;
  • Use reusable wrapping: Christmas theme tea towels, recycled paper, gift bags, and tin foil;
  • Send e-cards rather than paper cards. If you do send paper cards make sure the paper is recyclable or use them in your crafts;
  • Purchase LED lights for your Christmas tree and house;
  • Do your Christmas baking all at the same time to reduce time spent heating the environment (this will save money too!);
  • Make a charitable <../CPAWS-Donate.htm>donation in someone's name (It's not necessary to donate to CPAWS other organizations are good too!);
  • Purchase a gift someone can use rather than store, like concert tickets;
  • Carpool to Christmas parties and other functions;
  • Decorate an outside tree... or your balcony with critter friendly decorations - bird seed ornaments.

Share your wishes for caribou with our new Minister for Sustainable Resource Development

This morning, our new premier announced his new cabinet ministers. Taking over the portfolio of Sustainable Resource Development is Ted Morton. Now is the time to write a letter expressing your wishes for better habitat protection for Alberta's woodland caribou. By writing a letter to the new Minister you let him know that caribou are important to Albertans', as such, the issue deserves his time and attention. Read more »

Posted December 18, 2006 by russ

Woodland Caribou Sacrificed as Government Forces Companies to Log Pine Forests

Alberta Wilderness Association

News Release: December 7, 2006

The Deputy Minister of Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (SRD) has confirmed that the Alberta Government is directing forestry companies to commence liquidation of pine forest in critical habitat of mountain woodland caribou as part of its war on mountain pine beetle (MPB). AWA is opposed to clear-cut logging and industrial activity in critical woodland caribou habitat. AWA believes the government's actions contradict a key recommendation of the West Central team, charged with implementing caribou recovery in the area. Read more »

Posted December 7, 2006 by russ

The Christmas Week of Action for Wildlife

Presented by The Alberta Foothills Network, together with 1000s of Albertans…

December 1st – 8th
We need you to Join the Fun and lend your voice for wildlife in Alberta!

How can you participate?

  1. Join legendary American and Albertan environmentalists at the launch action in Calgary on December 1st at 11am
  2. Join Santa and his reindeer at the final action in Edmonton on Dec. 7th at Noon
  3. Lend your voice in a creative way anytime during the week of action — take 5 minutes or an hour to speak up for threatened species such as caribou and grizzly bear.

For more details and a toolkit explaining simple ways that you can participate and make a big difference, please download the Alberta Foothills Action Guide at www.albertafoothillsnetwork.org. Read more »

Posted November 30, 2006 by russ

Citizens and Conservationists target US Oil Giant ConocoPhillips

For destruction of Caribou Habitat and Alberta by Industrial Development and Global Warming

A rally will take place at the corporate offices of US oil giant ConocoPhillips in Calgary, Alberta on December 1st @11am to highlight the desperate situation of the Little Smoky Caribou, the demise of Alberta’s caribou habitat from industrial development, and from global warming’s devastating impacts on the boreal forest.

The Little Smoky caribou herd is considered at immediate risk of extinction with less than 100 individuals left thanks to the activities of corporations like ConocoPhillips in caribou habitat. While the Alberta Caribou Committee stalls, petroleum companies such as ConocoPhillips are racing ahead and further degrading their habitat with industrial development. A petition submitted almost a year ago to the Federal government asking for the implementation of the emergency provision of the Species at Risk Act has received no response to date. While the caribou committees are trying to plan for caribou recovery the petroleum industry is forging ahead with development in critical threatened caribou habitat. Read more »

Posted November 24, 2006 by russ

Alberta's War on Pine Forest Misguided and Destructive

Alberta Wilderness AssociationCanadian Parks and Wilderness Society

The Alberta government's all-out war on mountain pine beetle (MPB) will seriously harm our forests and wildlife, cost over $20 million of taxpayers' money, and is destined to fail. CPAWS and AWA are calling for a more rational approach to deal with MPB including preserving caribou habitat, investing in a value-added wood products industry, re-evaluating fire suppression strategies, and combating climate change.

"The pine beetles have invaded Alberta for one simple reason - the climate is now warm enough to support them," says Rick Schneider, Conservation Director with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. "We know from B.C.'s experience that stopping the beetle is impossible. The Canadian Forest Service has confirmed that intervention to bring the epidemic under control is not feasible. So instead of wasteful and destructive efforts to the stop the beetle we need to develop plans for living with it," says Schneider. Read more »

Posted November 15, 2006 by russ

Alberta Government's War - Threatened Caribou Are First Casualties

Alberta Wilderness AssociationCanadian Parks & Wilderness Society

November 10, 2006

The Alberta government has approved a policy that compels forestry companies to fight mountain pine beetle by clearcutting old pine forest in Alberta's Foothills. Alberta is forcing companies such as Weyerhaeuser in Grande Prairie to log mature pine forest that is at risk of mountain pine beetle attack. AWA and others believe the first casualty of Alberta's war on the forest will be threatened caribou populations. Read more »

Posted November 10, 2006 by russ

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