Wilderness & Parks

Key challenges for Wood Buffalo National Park still of utmost concern

New UNESCO World Heritage report says ecological state of Wood Buffalo National Park still declining, despite Canada’s recent funding commitments

Ottawa, ON/Edmonton, AB – A new UNESCO World Heritage State of Conservation report on Wood Buffalo National Park, released publicly June 21, 2021, has found that “the previously-expressed Committee concerns continue to remain severe and the threats [to the park] have increased”. The report considers it likely that the property now meets the criteria for inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger. Read more about Key challenges for Wood Buffalo National Park still of utmost concern

Open for Comments - Mountain National Parks Draft Management Plans

Initiative: 
Mountain National Parks - Management Planning
Deadline: 
7 Jul 2021

From the Let's Talk Mountain Parks web site:

Join the conversation! From April 14 until July 7, you're invited to provide feedback on the draft park management plans for Banff, Jasper, Waterton Lakes, Yoho, Kootenay, Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks. Read more about Open for Comments - Mountain National Parks Draft Management Plans

Coal Chilla Couch Fest

Jun 18 2021 (All day) to Jun 25 2021 (All day)

Put the freeze on coal mining in the Eastern Slopes of the Rockies.

Join us online for an epic digital music festival.

STREAMING JUNE 18 – 25, 2021 AT 7PM

Details coming soon.

Proceeds go to The Livingstone Landowners Group and the Alberta Wilderness Association to continue the fight to save our Eastern slopes.

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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

$90 Vehicle Fee for Kananaskis – A Multi-million Dollar Cash Grab That Will Deter Visitors

The Globe and Mail’s Emma Graney reported earlier today that Alberta will impose a $90 annual fee for vehicles entering Kananaskis Country. Since last year AWA has warned Albertans of Minister Nixon’s intent to shift the financing of parks and protected areas onto user fees and away from general tax revenues. This announcement, coupled with the new public lands camping pass, is just further evidence of the UCP government’s commitment to the user fee model for funding parks. Read more about $90 Vehicle Fee for Kananaskis – A Multi-million Dollar Cash Grab That Will Deter Visitors

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