Alberta Wilderness Association

AWA Open House Talk - Things That Go "Boing!" in the Night: the Ord's Kangaroo Rat


Things That Go "Boing!" in the Night: the Ord's Kangaroo Ratwith Andy TeucherAlberta Wilderness Association Alberta's prairies are not merely the uniform agricultural landscapes that people often think of. Rolling hills, badlands, broad river valleys, and sand dunes are home to many interesting and unique species of plants and animals, including the little known Ord's kangaroo rat. Neither kangaroo nor rat, these endearing rodents are highly specialised desert dwellers, and in Alberta face some unique challenges, of both natural and human causes.

ENGOs Hope to Reverse the Destruction of Canada's Fisheries

Alberta Wilderness Association

October 12, 2006

Environmental non-government organizations and the Assembly of First Nations from sea to sea to sea gathered in Ottawa today for a historic meeting with senior Department of Fisheries and Oceans officials to discuss solutions to the crisis facing Canada's fish and fish habitats.

A good part of the meeting focused on the failure to enforce the strongest piece of Canadian environmental legislation, the federal Fisheries Act. Representatives of groups from across Canada expressed dismay at the continuing deterioration of fisheries and the associated regulatory regime. Read more about ENGOs Hope to Reverse the Destruction of Canada's Fisheries

AWA Open House Talk: Wolves, Sheep, Cattle and People: Ecological and Economic Considerations


Description: Wolves, Sheep, Cattle and People: Ecological and Economic ConsiderationsWith Marco MusianiParts of the Balkans in Eastern Europe have been devastated by wars in the past two decades. After the last war, large socialist farms were replaced by smaller private farming operations. Each farm risks comparatively more from wolf predation which is still rare, but can harm little businesses individually. Farmers are learning to live with wolves, despite the hardships of subsistence economies entirely reliant on livestock.

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Big Bad Corporations on Campus: The Link between toilet paper on campus and Alberta’s Endangered Foothills Forests


Alberta Foothills NetworkEnvironmental Direct Action NetworkThe official Give your Bum a Voice! University of Alberta - Kimberly Clark Campaign is about to commence! Please join us for the presentation outlined below to learn more.If you are unable to make the presentation but are interested in any of the following, please email Rebecca at savethefoothills [at] gmail [dot] com for info on how you can join this exciting campaign.This new campaign will offer:

  • Fun, creative and exciting actions, events and meetings;
  • Experience, training and mentoring for all levels of activists and organizers from experts in Alberta and beyond;
  • Learn more about the link between consumption (on campus and in your home) in Alberta and the loss of our foothill forests;
  • An original Market Action Campaign: one of the first of its kind in the province;
  • Working cooperatively with the environmental communities of the University, Edmonton, Canada and the USA;
  • Opportunities for you to make a difference for forests, wildlife and water in our province.

When: Wed Sept 13, 2pm Where: Humanities L1-2, U of A Campus

Rona Ambrose Served With Legal Notice

Tiny Species Could Cause Big Headache For Feds

News Release: August 8, 2006

Edmonton, AB - A coalition of environmental groups today served Federal Environment Minister Rona Ambrose with a petition giving her 60 days to step in to protect two endangered plants in Alberta or face a lawsuit. Alberta Wilderness Association, Federation of Alberta Naturalists, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Sierra Club of Canada and Nature Canada, represented by Sierra Legal Defence Fund, are threatening the suit to test the federal government's intention to protect Canada's endangered wildlife. Read more about Rona Ambrose Served With Legal Notice

Caribou Running in their own Death Race

Concern for threatened species raised at Grande Cache Event

Alberta Foothills Network: A collaboration of international voices that are committed to the protection, restoration and the establishment of Protected Areas, and socially and ecologically sustainable development in the Endangered Foothills Natural Region of Alberta.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, August 3, 2006

Local and international environmental groups are joining the migration of over 900 of the most extreme runners in North America to Grande Cache for the community’s largest event – the annual Canadian Death Race. Considered the toughest race in Canada, the 125 km race consists of three mountain summits and over 17,000 ft of elevation change through the scenic mountains and foothills around Grande Cache. Read more about Caribou Running in their own Death Race

McClelland Lake Wetlands One Step Closer to Destruction

Alberta Wilderness Association

News Release: July 20, 2006

Thanks to the Supreme Court of Canada the McClelland Lake Wetland Complex, a boreal treasure and potential candidate for World Heritage Site status, is one step closer to destruction. Today the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear an appeal of the Federal Court of Appeal's ruling in Prairie Acid Rain Coalition et al v. Canada (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans).

"Not only does this decision rubberstamp the destruction of much of McClelland fen and the McClelland Lake Wetland Complex but also it pulls virtually all of the teeth out of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act," says Dr. Ian Urquhart, a University of Alberta political scientist who works on boreal forest conservation issues for AWA. Read more about McClelland Lake Wetlands One Step Closer to Destruction

An Open Letter to the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board

Alberta Wilderness Association

June 26, 2006

Neil McCrank
Alberta Energy and Utilities Board

Dear Mr. McCrank:

We, the undersigned, are extremely dismayed by the lack of responsibility that the Energy and Utility Board (EUB) displayed with Decision 2006-052. After hearing the concerns of 150 ranchers and landowners in Chain Lakes, you did what we hoped you wouldn't, and ignored the concerns of Albertans thus permitting another well in one of the province's most historic landscapes. You simply disregarded Board policies that call for public debate and environmental planning. And in so doing, you have gone against your own mandate and defied the expressed interests of all Albertans. In short, it was business as usual with the Board. Read more about An Open Letter to the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board

EUB Ignores Its Own Rules And Fails Public In Compton Decision

Alberta Wilderness Association

News Release: June 9, 2006

The Alberta Energy Utilities Board's (EUB) decision to deny standing to concerned citizens and to allow Compton Petroleum to continue its development in the Livingstone region disregards its own guidelines and fails to protect the public interest. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is joining local residents in calling for a "time-out" on development until the non-petroleum values of this important Eastern Slopes region can be fully evaluated. Read more about EUB Ignores Its Own Rules And Fails Public In Compton Decision

Ghost Waiparous Plan May Not Protect Water and Wildlife

Alberta Wilderness Association

News Release: May 19, 2006

The recently released Ghost Waiparous Access Management Plan (GAMP) does not go far enough to protect watersheds and wildlife in our Eastern Slopes. Nor is it a suitable template for access management planning throughout Alberta. AWA believes that management plans must have watershed and wildlife habitat protection as a priority, be based on scientific principles, and have high standards for implementation and measured outcomes. Read more about Ghost Waiparous Plan May Not Protect Water and Wildlife


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