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OHVs and the Castle Parks – Are They In or Out?

19 Jul 2016

That’s the crucial conservation question left begging in a newly-released document on what Alberta Environment and Parks expects in a draft management plan for the Castle Parks. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) and the Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition (CCWC) would like the Minister to answer the question definitively and commit unequivocally to the management plan’s vision: “Conservation of nature will be the primary, overriding objective of both parks.” Read more »

Posted July 19, 2016 by AEN

Take Action for Little Smoky Caribou Information Night

Jul 27 2016 - 5:00pm

Show the Government of Alberta You Care for Alberta's Caribou

Government of Alberta Releases Weak Range Plan for the Little Smoky Herd
In June of 2016, the Government of Alberta released the draft Range Plan for the Little Smoky Caribou Herd. Comments are due on this range plan by August 5 — join CPAWS Northern Alberta to have your say! Read more »

Location

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University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB

Posted July 15, 2016 by AEN

Take Action for Little Smoky Caribou Information Night

Jul 26 2016 - 5:00pm

Show the Government of Alberta You Care for Alberta's Caribou

Government of Alberta Releases Weak Range Plan for the Little Smoky Herd
In June of 2016, the Government of Alberta released the draft Range Plan for the Little Smoky Caribou Herd. Comments are due on this range plan by August 5 — join CPAWS Northern Alberta to have your say! Read more »

Location

Room 7
Stanley Milner Library (7 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Edmonton, AB

Posted July 15, 2016 by AEN

Take Action for Little Smoky Caribou Information Night

Jul 20 2016 - 7:00pm

CPAWS Take Action for Caribou Banner

Show the Government of Alberta You Care for Alberta's Caribou

Government of Alberta Releases Weak Range Plan for the Little Smoky Herd
In June of 2016, the Government of Alberta released the draft Range Plan for the Little Smoky Caribou Herd. Comments are due on this range plan by August 5 — join CPAWS Northern Alberta to have your say! Read more »

Location

MEC Edmonton (Mountain Equipment Co-op)
12328 102 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB

Posted July 15, 2016 by AEN

Crackdown on Destruction of Public Lands

13 Jul 2016

A recent  Order in Council will allow enforcement officials to issue violation tickets under the Public Lands Administration Regulation. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) appreciates measures which provide officials with enforcement capabilities to protect our public lands. Read more »

Posted July 13, 2016 by AEN

Abuse of Sensitive Castle Landscapes Not Defensible

18 May 2016

Illegal use during the recent province-wide OHV ban is a symptom of ongoing abuse within the area that will become the Castle parks. A recent stewardship report by the Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition (CCWC) reveals an incident requiring RCMP intervention when individuals illegally entered an area closed to Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) use according to the Castle Access Management Plan. This was particularly egregious given the province-wide OHV ban at the time. Read more »

Posted May 18, 2016 by AEN

Caribou Struggling in Alberta

CPAWS Northern Alberta Releases First of Three Reports Looking at Conservation Measures for Alberta's Herds

15 May 2016

EDMONTON – Today, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Northern Alberta chapter publicly releases the first of three reports illustrating on-the-ground status of and threats to Alberta's boreal woodland caribou.

The reports are the first of their kind in Alberta – the first publicly available, science-based assessment that illustrates where in Alberta's boreal forest conservation efforts, legislated protection, and immediate forest restoration need to occur in order to bring Alberta's caribou back from the brink. Read more »

Posted May 16, 2016 by AEN

POSTPONED: UNESCO World Heritage Committee NGO Roundtable: Wood Buffalo National Park

Jun 3 2016 - 3:00pm - 5:30pm

POSTPONED:

…Parks Canada has sent an official request to the World Heritage Centre to postpone the reactive monitoring mission to Wood Buffalo National Park in light of the severe impacts of the Fort McMurray fire and the ongoing state of emergency across the region.  This decision was informed by consultations with a number of different partners involved in the mission, including the Mikisew Cree First Nation and the Government of Alberta. As we considered the appropriate timing for this mission, we were concerned that we might pose an additional burden on some of the communities that have accepted evacuees if we were to proceed with the May 26-June 4 dates. 

From: Ashley Campbell, Heritage Designations and Programs, Parks Canada

As you may be aware, the Mikisew Cree First Nation filed a petition to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in December 2014 to request that Wood Buffalo National Park be added to the List of World Heritage in Danger. The petition identified a number of concerns related to the impacts of current and planned hydroelectric dams, oil sands development, and climate change on the ecology and hydrology of the Peace-Athabasca Delta. 

In response, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee requested the Government of Canada to invite experts from the World Heritage Centre (WHC) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to conduct a reactive monitoring mission to Wood Buffalo National Park. Parks Canada is responsible for organizing this mission. Mr. Tilman Jaeger will represent the WHC and Dr. Stephen Davis will represent the IUCN.

The experts will have an opportunity to travel to Fort Smith (May 26 to 29), Fort Chipewyan (May 29 to June 2), Fort McMurray (June 2 to 3) and Edmonton (June 3 to 4) and meet with a wide range of Indigenous Peoples, federal/provincial/territorial officials, industry representatives, NGOs, and other stakeholders.

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Location

Holiday Inn Express
10010 104 Street NW
Edmonton, AB

Posted May 3, 2016 by AEN

Film Screening — Wildways: Corridors of Life

Jun 22 2016 - 6:30pm - 10:00pm

Filmmaker James Brundige will introduce his film Wildways: Corridors of Life, created for PBS’s science show NOVA. The film explores the science behind the need for large landscape conservation and features the Yellowstone to Yukon region and the savannahs of Africa.

Read more »

Locations

Lux Cinema
229 Bear Street
Banff, AB
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
111 Bear Street
Banff, AB

Posted April 28, 2016 by AEN

Climate Change, National Parks and Large Landscape Conservation

May 6 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

On May 6, Dr. Jodi Hilty, Y2Y President and Chief Scientist and one of the world’s leading experts on wildlife corridors, will speak about the opportunity to prioritize conservation in light of climate change and provide provocative insights as to how others are achieving enduring conservation across landscapes and seascapes around the world.

FREE admission

Location

Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
111 Bear Street
Banff, AB

Posted April 28, 2016 by AEN

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