Wilderness & Parks

Government Sacrifices Protected Grasslands to Coalbed Methane Without Public Consultation

Alberta Wilderness AssociationAlberta Native Plant Council

News Release: March 8, 2007

The Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) has given Pioneer Natural Resources approval to drill a coalbed methane well in one of Alberta's last remaining rough fescue grasslands and aspen parkland, the Rumsey Natural Area. Even though both are well-established stakeholders in Rumsey, neither Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) nor the Alberta Native Plant Council (ANPC) were contacted by government or the company. The groups are weighing what legal options they have to prevent the well from being drilled, including appealing the issuance of the well licence in the courts. Read more about Government Sacrifices Protected Grasslands to Coalbed Methane Without Public Consultation

Action Alert: Register for Provincial Oil Sands Consultations

Sierra Club of Canada

The Alberta Tar Sands are one of the biggest social and ecological challenges in North America, fueling climate change, destroying our Boreal Forest, and drying up our mighty rivers. Albertans will carry all the costs while the party moves South. The time to set a new vision for Alberta's Energy Policy is now! Join the Sierra Club in our call for a moratorium on new developments in Alberta's Tar sands and find out how you can help create an safe energy future that we can all live with!

There will be public hearings on the Tar sands Alberta in March and April that will define the future of our province and you need to be a part of them. Here is how! Read more about Action Alert: Register for Provincial Oil Sands Consultations

Encana Ignores CFB Suffield Rules and Damages Sensitive Wetlands at Suffield

Alberta Wilderness Association

News Release: March 7, 2007

Encana failed to follow the rules of Canadian Forces Base Suffield for protection of wetlands while drilling, a coalition of environmental groups has learned. The company drilled a well in a known wetland near the federally protected Suffield National Wildlife Area, and refused to remove it until given an ultimatum by the Base. The groups are asking the federal government to prohibit all new industrial activities in the Suffield National Wildlife Area. Read more about Encana Ignores CFB Suffield Rules and Damages Sensitive Wetlands at Suffield

Suffield Files Reveal Disturbing Story of Environmental Degradation, Non-Compliance by Energy Companies

News Release: February 28, 2007

Internal government documents regarding energy company EnCana's activities inside Canadian Forces Base Suffield, including a federally protected National Wildlife Area (NWA), reveal a disturbing story of environmental degradation and non-compliance, says a coalition of environmental groups. The groups are asking the federal government to prohibit all new industrial activities in the Suffield NWA. Read more about Suffield Files Reveal Disturbing Story of Environmental Degradation, Non-Compliance by Energy Companies

Action Alert: Have a Green Christmas and write to Ted Morton

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society — Edmonton Chapter

Tips and suggestions for having a green Christmas

Give nature a present too! The Christmas season is full of traditions and joy, unfortunately it can also be full of waste. Here are some simple ways to keep the traditions alive and extend the giving to the environment too.

  • Carry cloth bags when shopping;
  • Use reusable wrapping: Christmas theme tea towels, recycled paper, gift bags, and tin foil;
  • Send e-cards rather than paper cards. If you do send paper cards make sure the paper is recyclable or use them in your crafts;
  • Purchase LED lights for your Christmas tree and house;
  • Do your Christmas baking all at the same time to reduce time spent heating the environment (this will save money too!);
  • Make a charitable <../CPAWS-Donate.htm>donation in someone's name (It's not necessary to donate to CPAWS other organizations are good too!);
  • Purchase a gift someone can use rather than store, like concert tickets;
  • Carpool to Christmas parties and other functions;
  • Decorate an outside tree... or your balcony with critter friendly decorations - bird seed ornaments.

Share your wishes for caribou with our new Minister for Sustainable Resource Development

This morning, our new premier announced his new cabinet ministers. Taking over the portfolio of Sustainable Resource Development is Ted Morton. Now is the time to write a letter expressing your wishes for better habitat protection for Alberta's woodland caribou. By writing a letter to the new Minister you let him know that caribou are important to Albertans', as such, the issue deserves his time and attention. Read more about Action Alert: Have a Green Christmas and write to Ted Morton

The Christmas Week of Action for Wildlife

Presented by The Alberta Foothills Network, together with 1000s of Albertans…

December 1st – 8th
We need you to Join the Fun and lend your voice for wildlife in Alberta!

How can you participate?

  1. Join legendary American and Albertan environmentalists at the launch action in Calgary on December 1st at 11am
  2. Join Santa and his reindeer at the final action in Edmonton on Dec. 7th at Noon
  3. Lend your voice in a creative way anytime during the week of action — take 5 minutes or an hour to speak up for threatened species such as caribou and grizzly bear.

For more details and a toolkit explaining simple ways that you can participate and make a big difference, please download the Alberta Foothills Action Guide at www.albertafoothillsnetwork.org. Read more about The Christmas Week of Action for Wildlife

Action Alert: Get Ready! Andy Russell-I'tai sah kòp Park nears finish line

Be ready for your cue to send letters to Alberta's new Premier. Saturday, Nov. 25th (Dec. 2nd, if a second ballet is needed) is the Progressive Conservative Party's vote on their new leader, and hence Alberta's new premier. The following Monday, we'll issue an action alert urging you to write a letter to the new premier encouraging him to work with his Ministers David Coutts and Denis Ducharme to finish the job of establishing the Andy Russell-I'tai sah kòp Park for the 1,040 sq. km. (400 sq. mi.) Castle wilderness, which is located on the north side of Waterton Lakes National Park on the headwaters of the Castle River. Read more about Action Alert: Get Ready! Andy Russell-I'tai sah kòp Park nears finish line

Private Grab of Public Land in Ghost Waiparous

Alberta Wilderness Association

An application by a private company to lease 160 acres of public land in the Ghost Waiparous is nearing the approval stage with almost no public knowledge. This is one of a growing number of such lease applications throughout Alberta's Eastern Slopes, with little scrutiny and minimal opportunity for public comment. AWA is asking the Alberta government to put all such developments on hold until its long-awaited land-use framework is completed.

Lazy H Trail Company of Cochrane has applied for a 99-year lease of 160 acres of wilderness public land for a private resort development that could cater to as manyas 600 people per day. The site is remote, on the north side of the Ghost River's headwaters, only about 6 km east of Banff National Park, near Lake Minnewanka. This precedent-setting attempt to grab a quarter section of prime public real estate through Alberta's Tourism Recreation Lease (ATRL) process could be approved without any input from the land's owners, the Alberta public. Read more about Private Grab of Public Land in Ghost Waiparous

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