Wilderness & Parks

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

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. 

Camping Fees: Breaking A UCP Election Promise

The Government of Alberta has introduced Bill 64, the Public Lands Amendment Act. This Act proposes a new Public Lands Camping Pass. AWA believes this initiative unjustifiably targets low impact users of Alberta’s backcountry and will reduce accessibility to public lands for lower income Albertans.

The UCP election platform promised to: “Apply a mandatory $30 trail permit fee to Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV) and camping trailers to pay for restoring and creating OHV trails and preventing damage in Alberta’s great outdoors, and to hire additional enforcement officers.” Read more about Camping Fees: Breaking A UCP Election Promise

Parks, Caribou & Conservation

Apr 15 2021 - 7:00pm

Join the Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Northern Alberta Chapter for a virtual conversation on conservation! Learn more about the organization, caribou conservation in the province, and the next steps for the Defend Alberta Parks campaign. This presentation will focus specifically on the Grande Prairie and surrounding communities - but all are welcome to tune in! Register today to obtain the Zoom link!

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New government coal consultation misses the mark, failing to engage with Albertans on the issues they care most about

76% of Albertans are in favour of more protections for nature and recreation in the Eastern Slopes. 64% of those aware of the issue opposed ongoing exploration activity in the Eastern Slopes.

Yesterday’s announcement from the Government of Alberta launching the consultation process for a new Coal Policy does not address CPAWS Southern and Northern Alberta Chapters’ concerns around coal development in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. While CPAWS is happy to see that the process will be run by an independent committee, the survey released as part of the consultation is narrowly focused on regulation of coal developments.  Read more about New government coal consultation misses the mark, failing to engage with Albertans on the issues they care most about

Alberta unveils two new land use plans to achieve caribou recovery

Edmonton – The Government of Alberta has released two draft plans for caribou recovery in the northeast and northwest of the province, encompassing two herds of Threatened woodland caribou. Alberta’s caribou have been waiting for almost a decade for these sub-regional range plans under the Species At Risk Act (SARA), while experiencing ongoing declines on some of the most busy landscapes in the country. Read more about Alberta unveils two new land use plans to achieve caribou recovery

Poll Shows Albertans Want More Protections in the Eastern Slopes and Oppose New Coal Mines

76% of Albertans are in favour of more protections for nature and recreation in the Eastern Slopes. 64% of those aware of the issue opposed ongoing exploration activity in the Eastern Slopes.

Calgary, AB – As the Government of Alberta prepares to launch consultations on the development of a new coal policy, a new poll found that the majority of Albertans want more protection for the Eastern Slopes of the Rocky Mountains. Of those who were aware of the coal issue, more than half do not trust that the government’s public consultation will provide a fair representation of what the public wants regarding coal development. Read more about Poll Shows Albertans Want More Protections in the Eastern Slopes and Oppose New Coal Mines

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