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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

Growing Call for Trail Closures on May Long Weekend: Conditions are Too Wet for Motorized Access

17 May 2011

The Alberta Government is under increasing pressure to demonstrate that motorized access in Alberta’s Eastern Slopes is being managed sustainably – by closing trails over the May long weekend.  Continuing wet and snowy conditions mean that even low levels of activity would lead to unprecedented damage to trail networks.  Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) supports motorized access organizations who have called for a temporary suspension of motorized trail use. Read more »

Posted May 17, 2011 by AEN

International pressure mounting to protect Alberta’s Castle wilderness

Clearcut logging threatens Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park
9 May 2011

CALGARY — The international conservation community warns that Alberta’s population of grizzly bears is in increasingly dire straits in the Castle wilderness just north of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. As a result, clear-cut logging slated for the Castle this summer is receiving international scrutiny. Read more »

Posted May 9, 2011 by AEN

Thumbs-up to Wildland Park for Castle and logging it panned by adjacent residents

18 Apr 2011

Calgary & Lethbridge: A “vast majority” of residents living around the Castle Special Place favor creation of a Wildland Park there and oppose logging inside it, a new survey by The Praxis Group of Calgary shows. The Castle, technically called the Castle Special Management Area and one of the province's 81 designated Special Place protected areas, is located between Waterton Lakes National Park and the Crowsnest Pass, within Alberta’s portion of the international Crown of the Continent ecosystem and geotourism area.  Read more »

Posted April 18, 2011 by AEN

Southern land-use plan falls short of public expectations on Castle protection

31 Mar 2011

Lethbridge — South Saskatchewan Regional Advisory Council (RAC) recommendations to continue development on land also identified as conservation management areas doesn’t go far enough to protect the Castle Special Place, says a spokesman for the group that submitted a 2009 proposal to the Alberta government.  The Castle Special Place Working Group recommended increasing the Castle’s protection to the level of Alberta’s other “Special Place” protected areas. Read more »

Posted April 1, 2011 by AEN

20th Annual Climb & Run for Wilderness

Apr 16 2011 (All day)

Climb and Run for Wilderness is Alberta Wilderness Association's annual Earth Day event at the Calgary Tower. This event provides you the unique opportunity to climb the 802 stairs inside the Calgary Tower. The day is filled with entertainment, including an outstanding Wild Alberta Expo where you can learn more about Alberta's wilderness, wildlife and wild waters. You will have a terrific time and be eligible for outstanding prizes. Read more »


Calgary Tower
Calgary, AB

Posted March 17, 2011 by AEN

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

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