Alberta Caribou Protection Lost in Secret Forestry Deal

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

Grizzly Bear Deaths Too High in the Castle Region

Rally Planned to Protest Logging

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

International pressure mounting to protect Alberta’s Castle wilderness

Clearcut logging threatens Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park

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

Poll finds huge support for legislating Castle Special Place as Wildland Park & major opposition to logging it

(Lethbridge) Lethbridge and Coaldale residents overwhelmingly oppose logging and support establishment of a Wildland Park in the Castle Special Management Area west of Pincher Creek, according to a recent survey conducted by the Lethbridge College Citizen Society Research Lab.

More than 85 per cent of those surveyed February 12 and 13 oppose the logging plan approved by provincial Sustainable Resource Development last year. Spray Lakes Sawmills of Cochrane plans to clear-cut the area between the Beaver Mines Lake, Lynx Creek and Castle Falls Provincial Recreation Areas and campgrounds starting in June. The logging is technically called block-cut logging. Read More

New findings prompt call that Alberta Government make good on having failed the Castle Special Place

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

Are Boreal Forests Silent or Just Singing a Different Tune?

Jan 26 2011 - 2:00am

with Dr. Erin Bayne

After many years of research, Dr. Bayne has come to some very interesting and informative conclusions about what is happening to birds of the boreal forest here in Alberta.  Hear fascinating details about the lives of these birds, especially how boreal forest development is impacting breeding and survival rates.  Which species are doing well?  Which species need more of our consideration and help?

$5 Adults, $1 Children

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AWA Office
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB

Are Boreal Forests Silent or Just Singing a Different Tune?

Jan 26 2010 - 2:00am

Join the U of A's Dr. Erin Bayne on this journey through Alberta's boreal forest. What is happening to boreal bird life? Read More


AWA Office
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB

CPAWS answers questions about the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement

Recently, eight conservation groups, including AEN member groups CPAWS and Greenpeace, signed one of the largest conservation agreements in the world with the Canadian forest industry. Aran O'Carroll, who neogtiated on behalf of CPAWS, answers some questions about the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement.

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