Biodiversity and Wildlife

Public Engagement: Bistcho Lake Sub-regional Plan to support caribou recovery

Initiative: 
Draft Bistcho Lake Sub-regional Plan
Deadline: 
29 May 2021

The provinicial government is collecting public feedback on their draft carbiou range plans for the Bistcho Lake and Cold Lake sub-regions. From the Alberta government website:

We are gathering feedback on the draft Bistcho Lake Sub-regional Plan to support caribou recovery with an approach that considers a broad range of interests and land-use activities. Read more about Public Engagement: Bistcho Lake Sub-regional Plan to support caribou recovery

Public Engagement: Cold Lake Sub-regional Plan to support caribou recovery

Initiative: 
Draft Cold Lake Sub-regional Plan
Deadline: 
29 May 2021

The provinicial government is collecting public feedback on their draft carbiou range plans for the Bistcho Lake and Cold Lake sub-regions. From the Alberta government website:

We are gathering feedback on the draft Cold Lake Sub-regional Plan to support caribou recovery with an approach that considers a broad range of interests and land-use activities. Read more about Public Engagement: Cold Lake Sub-regional Plan to support caribou recovery

Helping Jasper’s Caribou to Survive Needs More than Conservation Breeding

Jasper National Park has released a report from an expert scientific review about whether conservation breeding can recover Jasper’s critically low numbers of caribou. Jasper has also announced it will review caribou habitat winter access for 2021-22 to ensure Parks Canada’s efforts are focused “on what is most effective”. Read more about Helping Jasper’s Caribou to Survive Needs More than Conservation Breeding

Jasper National Park moves toward caribou breeding program, but still needs to address existing backcountry threats

Edmonton – Jasper National Park has found strong scientific support for using a conservation breeding program to boost woodland caribou numbers inside the park. A new report has been released that summarizes an independent review of the proposed breeding program, with agreement from a panel of experts that urgent help is needed to return caribou herds to self-sustaining sizes.  Read more about Jasper National Park moves toward caribou breeding program, but still needs to address existing backcountry threats

Proposed Kananaskis fee must result in increased environmental protections and services that benefit Albertans and nature. 

Today the Government of Alberta announced they will be implementing a “Conservation Pass” user fee for the Kananaskis region. The revenue generated from the $90/year vehicle fee will be allocated towards increased staffing and capital infrastructure spending.  

We recognize the need for sustained funding for recreation, conservation, and related infrastructure to support healthy communities and healthy economies. However, funding mechanisms should not rely on a user-pay model.  

User fees must be thoughtfully implemented.  Read more about Proposed Kananaskis fee must result in increased environmental protections and services that benefit Albertans and nature. 

Government halts some coal exploration during ongoing consultation: positive momentum that needs to keep going 

CPAWS Southern and Northern Alberta Chapters are happy to hear that more than 25,000 Albertans participated in the initial Coal Policy Engagement consultation and that it will help shape the next stage of consultation. Alberta’s foothills and Rocky Mountains are special places beloved by Albertans and are a large part of what draws people to live, work, and play in our province. It is clear that Albertans are incredibly invested in the protection of this landscape and the development of a new policy for this region. We encourage people to continue to stay engaged on this issue.  Read more about Government halts some coal exploration during ongoing consultation: positive momentum that needs to keep going 

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