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Government Failing To Manage Recreation Impacts In Bighorn

Alberta Wilderness Association

News Release: August 19, 2004

Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (SRD)
is failing to manage the environmental impacts of
recreational activity within the Bighorn Wildland.
This lack of management is putting Alberta's
wilderness, wildlife, and watersheds at risk of
further degradation. AWA is calling for immediate
action to protect Alberta's wilderness from poorly
regulated and poorly enforced recreational activity. Read more about Government Failing To Manage Recreation Impacts In Bighorn

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Conservation Groups React to Alberta Environment's Appeal of Recent Judicial Review Decision

Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

For Immediate Release August 19, 2004

The Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition (CCWC) and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) are disappointed that Alberta Environment will appeal the recent result of a Judicial Review that quashed the departments decision not to order an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the expansion proposed at Castle Mountain Resort (CMR). On July 2nd 2004, the Court of Queen's Bench found Alberta Environment's decision to approve the real estate and ski terrain development at CMR without an EIA "patently unreasonable", and ordered the department to reconsider its decision in accordance with the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act. Read more about Conservation Groups React to Alberta Environment's Appeal of Recent Judicial Review Decision

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New Vision Needed For Public Lands

http://AlbertaWilderness.ca

News Release: August 13, 2004

After coming through a year of controversy over public
access to grazing leases for recreation, the government
has opened up the issue of public land sales again.
While the new Farm Holdings Consolidation Program
simply makes buying leased land a little more attractive
to leaseholders, it has brought the public lands issue
to the fore. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA)
believes that these contentious issues are all symptoms
of the same problem - the lack of an overarching Read more about New Vision Needed For Public Lands

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Protected Areas Grow But Still In Infancy

http://AlbertaWilderness.ca

News Release: August 13, 2004

The Alberta Ministry of Community Development has
announced the creation of a new protected area in
Alberta and altered two other areas to increase their
ecological value. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA)
applauds the announcement but warns protection of
Alberta's wilderness is still in its infancy and that
protected areas require firmer legislative controls.

"We are encouraged whenever the government takes
steps to protect important wild spaces in Alberta," Read more about Protected Areas Grow But Still In Infancy

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Wilderness No Place for Motorized Recreation

Alberta Wilderness Association

News Release: August 9, 2004

Community Development Minister, Gene Zwozdesky, is prohibiting motorized recreation in Willmore Wilderness Park; however, he is still supporting off-highway vehicle use in other public wilderness areas in the province. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) applauds the strong stand taken by Hon. Gene Zwozdesky to protect Willmore Wilderness Park from motorized recreation (OHV) traffic.

"Mr. Zwozdesky is wise to nip in the bud, new proposals to open or develop the Willmore" says Vivian Pharis, AWA Director. "As the largest protected and one of the oldest wilderness areas in Alberta, Willmore Wilderness Park is the shining beacon of the province's land conservation program." Read more about Wilderness No Place for Motorized Recreation

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Conservationists call upon Province to scrap Controversial Program to Sell Off Public Lands

Federation of Alberta Naturalists
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Calgary/Banff Chapter

For Immediate Release August 9th, 2004

Conservationists are calling upon Minister of Sustainable Resource Development, Mike Cardinal to cancel the Farm Holdings Consolidation Program (FHCP).

On July 23rd, SRD Minister Mike Cardinal's office sent a letter to lease holders announcing the FHCP. The stated aim of the program is to "further diversify and strengthen the agricultural industry." Read more about Conservationists call upon Province to scrap Controversial Program to Sell Off Public Lands

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