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More Than 21,000 Albertans Show Support for New Wildland Provincial Park

EDMONTON – To date, 21,781 letters and petition signatures have been delivered to the office of the Honourable Shannon Phillips, Alberta’s Minister of Environment and Parks, asking her to designate the Bighorn Backcountry as a Wildland Provincial Park.

The messages of support have been collected by Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) and Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Northern Alberta through the Love Your Headwaters Campaign, ongoing since early 2017. Read more about More Than 21,000 Albertans Show Support for New Wildland Provincial Park

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Canada must chart its own course to hold firm on transportation climate commitments

Pembina Institute reacts to Canada's mid-term evaluation of vehicle emission standards

TORONTO — Isabelle Turcotte, Director of Federal Policy at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to Canada's announcement of public consultations on vehicle emission standards: Read more about Canada must chart its own course to hold firm on transportation climate commitments

Action Alert

Help Stop the Proposed Expansion at the Sunshine Village Ski Resort

Deadline: 
15 Aug 2018 to 19 Aug 2018

The Sunshine Village ski resort in Banff National Park is asking Parks Canada to allow expansion, increased development, and greater use for both summer and winter operations. Read more about Help Stop the Proposed Expansion at the Sunshine Village Ski Resort

Action Alert

Support Grassland Protection in Alberta

Deadline: 
14 Aug 2018 to 31 Aug 2018

Heritage Rangelands are a protected area designation specific for Alberta’s grasslands.  Heritage Rangelands protect grassland ecosystems from further industrial disturbance and cultivation while using sustainable grazing practices to maintain healthy grasslands and provide economic benefits to Albertans. Read more about Support Grassland Protection in Alberta

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 Solar Power: Our Allegiance to Land, Air, Water, and Sun

Keepers of the Athabasca is partnering with Sucker Creek First Nation, and the Society of High Prairie Regional Environmental Action Committee to put a solar installation on the Treaty 8 Building in Sucker Creek First Nation, where Treaty 8 was signed over 100 years ago. We are all Treaty people; our ancestors signed this agreement with the intent to respect Indigenous lands and ways of life.  Read more about  Solar Power: Our Allegiance to Land, Air, Water, and Sun

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Support the Critical Grasslands of Twin River HRNA

Deadline: 
9 Aug 2018 to 31 Aug 2018

The provincial government is seeking public input on the proposed expansion and reclassification of southeastern Alberta’s Twin River Heritage Rangeland Natural Area (HRNA). This is an important chance to support protection for this critical grassland habitat and to raise concerns over ongoing threats encroaching on this landscape from oil and gas exploration. Read more about Support the Critical Grasslands of Twin River HRNA

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Alberta Moves on Protection for Native Grasslands in Milk River Ridge

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Milk River Ridge Grassland Photo
Milk River Ridge Grassland. Photo: Alberta Wilderness Association

Yesterday, the Alberta government released a proposal to expand the Twin River Heritage Rangeland Natural Area in order to protect a significant piece of Alberta’s endangered grasslands. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is relieved to finally see concrete steps towards protection of a critical piece of Alberta’s native grasslands, which has been on government books awaiting protection for years. AWA remains concerned about ongoing potential threats to this landscape from oil and gas exploration. Read more about Alberta Moves on Protection for Native Grasslands in Milk River Ridge

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Public Lands: The Next Target for Alberta’s Renewable Energy Land Rush?

Will the Government of Alberta allow industrial scale wind and solar farms on public lands? Since early June Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) has posed this question several times to the provincial government. AWA is still waiting for an answer.

The dramatic expansion of big wind and big solar projects now underway must not take place at the expense of our threatened native grasslands, parklands, and foothills. AWA believes Alberta needs a public lands policy that explicitly addresses the renewable energy sector. Read more about Public Lands: The Next Target for Alberta’s Renewable Energy Land Rush?

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