For several decades AWA has been calling for legislated protection of the Castle region. The fact that areas of the Castle are scheduled for imminent clearcut logging, despite extensive local and provincial opposition, makes the issue particularly urgent.
Premier Redford has aleady heard from a "high volume" of callers, asking for a halt to the logging and new protection for the Castle. So the timing is crucial for people to contact the premier as soon as possible.
— Nigel Douglas, AWA Conservation Specialist Read more »
Today sees the release of a new report, Sustainable Forests, Sustainable Communities: The Future of Alberta’s Southwestern Forests. Citizens and associations from communities throughout southwestern Alberta have joined together to document serious concerns with current industrial-scale logging practices, and present an alternative vision for the management of Alberta's southwestern forests. Read more »
Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is delighted to congratulate Premier Alison Redford on honouring her campaign commitment to scrap the notorious “Potatogate” public land sale.
A short Government of Alberta news release, October 19, 2011, announced: “Government cancelled the RFP after people expressed concerns that there was no public input into using a Request for Proposals and that there might be an impact on water and on the ranching community.” Read more »
Bob Scammell is known for his 45 years of writing a weekly outdoors column carried at one time or another by most of Alberta's main newspapers, and continuously by the Red Deer Advocate since 1966. On November 18, Bob takes us on a heartfelt journey through Alberta's public lands, and proposes a plan of action for responsible management of those lands going forward. Read more »
AWA is pleased to sponsor, in conjunction with the Micah Centre at King’s University College in Edmonton, an evening with acclaimed Alberta author Andrew Nikiforuk. Andrew will be hosting a reading from his newest book, Empire of the Beetle: How Human Folly and a Tiny Bug are Killing North America’s Great Forests.
Admission is free – all members of the public are welcome to join us for this special event.
This third year for AWA's Music for the Wild series features a range of local musicians performing in support of Alberta's wild spaces.
A storyteller in the tradition of Harry Chapin, John Prine and Steve Earle, Rob Heath's original songs are a tasteful mix of contemporary folk, alt-country and pop. His one-man one guitar style is diverse melodically and rhythmically but always interesting. We all have things we wish we could say. Rob decided to say them with rich melodies and lyrics delivered in a voice haunting in its simplicity. Read more »
With a new premier, and a slate of new ministers in Alberta, there is a feeling of change and some optimism that progress can finally be made on better protection for Alberta’s wildlands and wildlife. A couple of examples – protection for the Castle, and the notorious proposed “Potatogate” public land sale – will be an early test of Premier Redford’s renewed commitment to “transparency and accountability.” Read more »
We believe you understand the value of water and the need to use water wisely. That is why so many of you have participated in Alberta’s Water for Life Strategy, providing guidance to decision-makers about how we use and manage our water resources.
The goals of the Water for Life Strategy are:
Safe, secure drinking water
Healthy aquatic ecosystems
Reliable, quality water supplies for a sustainable economy
Alberta Premier-designate Alison Redford committed during her campaign to suspend the public land sale known as “Potatogate” that would see 16,000 acres of native prairie converted to intensive irrigated agricultural use. Potatogate lands are known to provide crucial habitat for numerous species at risk, including burrowing owl, ferruginous hawk and long-billed curlew. “Albertans deserve to know that the species that call this province home today will still be here for generations to come,” Redford wrote in a September 12, 2011 statement. Read more »
CALGARY - Industrial and public motorized access routes in grizzly bear habitat greatly exceed thresholds recommended in the Alberta government’s official Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan. This issue is so critical that several Alberta Conservation organizations are calling for an immediate moratorium on new roads. Read more »
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