Alberta Wilderness Association

New forest certification standard promises better protection for woodland caribou

Today, the Forest Stewardship Council of Canada (FSC Canada) released a new FSC Standard that will guide Canada’s forestry sector. FSC Canada aims to incorporate sustainability into responsible forest management. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) congratulates FSC for developing a progressive national standard that incorporates conservation measures for species at risk, including a habitat indicator for endangered woodland caribou. Read more about New forest certification standard promises better protection for woodland caribou

Plateau Mountain Stewardship Hike

Jun 25 2019 - 9:30am

First established as a Natural Area in 1971, the Plateau Mountain Ecological Reserve is the southernmost tip of Kananaskis Country, and represents a geologically and biologically distinct mountain ecosystem within Alberta. The summit of Plateau Mountain provides spectacular views of the montane meadows filled with wildflowers, in addition to Eastern slopes to the west and the prairie to the east. Read more about Plateau Mountain Stewardship Hike

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Plateau Mountain , AB

AWA After Hours: Sketch the Solstice

Jun 21 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm

This summer solstice, enjoy the late night sun with an evening of art and inspiration at Alberta Wilderness Association. Led by artist, Barbara Amos, we’ll be sketching Alberta’s grasslands while learning about their rich cultural and natural history. Sketching materials will be provided, however if you do want to get a little more creative, feel free to bring your own watercolours and brushes! Local beer and cider will be available for purchase.
Please note: This event is not suitable for children. Read more about AWA After Hours: Sketch the Solstice

Location

AWA Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB

A Promise for Recovery: Westslope Cutthroat Trout Action Plan

Conservation groups are acknowledging the federal government for the long overdue release of a draft plan to recover westslope cutthroat trout in Alberta.  The plan would significantly increase the amount of habitat protected for this threatened species. Read more about A Promise for Recovery: Westslope Cutthroat Trout Action Plan

Earth, Wind & Fire

May 7 2019 - 6:30pm

Join  AWA as they host their annual Environmental Science student showcase, Earth, Wind & Fire (and other ecological puzzles). This year will feature talks from three Environmental Science students on topics  including adaptations in stickleback fish, smoke-geochemistry dynamics following forest fire, and a crash course in ecological modeling. Refreshments will be served!

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Location

AWA Cottage School
455 12 Street SW
Calgary , AB

Federal Government Proposes Important Fish Protection

The federal government has proposed to list a number of aquatic species under the Species at Risk Act (SARA), including Alberta’s Athabasca rainbow trout as endangered and bull trout as threatened. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) and Trout Unlimited Canada (TUC) welcome this important step towards protection and urge the federal government to move forward with listing and recovery actions without delay. Read more about Federal Government Proposes Important Fish Protection

Kitaskino Nuwenëné Wildland Provincial Park: A New Boreal Gem for Alberta

Permanent protection over a significant area of lands south of Wood Buffalo National Park that are important for wildlife and Indigenous communities was announced by the Alberta government this afternoon. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) welcomes the new Kitaskino Nuwenëné Wildland Provincial Park. Read more about Kitaskino Nuwenëné Wildland Provincial Park: A New Boreal Gem for Alberta

Caribou Habitat Protection Crucial for Cease Fire in War on Wildlife

Caribou scientists published findings today indicating that an intense war on wildlife can increase endangered Alberta and BC woodland caribou populations. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is concerned that these findings could be misused by industry and government decision makers to prolong unsustainable forest exploitation while endlessly harming wildlife species. Read more about Caribou Habitat Protection Crucial for Cease Fire in War on Wildlife

Rail to Banff: A Consultation Train Wreck

A Calgary-Bow Valley Mass Transit Feasibility Study released last week examined all-year bus and rail mass transit development scenarios from Calgary to Banff. Incredibly the study didn’t consider the impact on wildlife of additional rail traffic in the Bow Valley. Given that trains kill wildlife in Banff National Park, AWA believes it’s unacceptable for a rail feasibility study to ignore rail’s impact on wildlife. Read more about Rail to Banff: A Consultation Train Wreck

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