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A Strong Majority of Albertans Support the Bighorn Country Proposal

EDMONTON – A new public opinion survey shows the vast majority of Albertans support greater conservation in the Bighorn region of the Rocky Mountains west of Nordegg.

The Government of Alberta is currently consulting on a proposal for a new network of parks and public land in west-central Alberta called Bighorn Country. Bighorn Country includes a wildland provincial park, three provincial parks, four public recreation areas and two Public Land Use Zones. Read more about A Strong Majority of Albertans Support the Bighorn Country Proposal

Media Releases & Op-eds

Biodiversity Stewardship Area Proposal South of Wood Buffalo National Park Welcome

Today the Alberta government proposed permanent protection of a significant area of lands south of Wood Buffalo National Park that are important for wildlife and Indigenous communities. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) welcomes this proposal and the associated public consultation process. Read more about Biodiversity Stewardship Area Proposal South of Wood Buffalo National Park Welcome

Media Releases & Op-eds

Public Lands Should Not Be Sold

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Peace River Country Photo
Peace River Country. Photo © AWA Files

In a recent speech, Jason Kenney, Leader of the United Conservative Party (UCP), expressed interest in selling a significant area of public lands in Alberta’s northern Peace River Country should the UCP win the next provincial election. The sold parcels would then be converted to agricultural land. Read more about Public Lands Should Not Be Sold

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Public Information Session: Have your say on the future of Bighorn Country

Jan 14 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

The Government of Alberta is holding public information sessions to ensure more Albertans can provide feedback on the proposal for Bighorn Country.

In the spirit of Kananaskis Country, the Government of Alberta is proposing a mix of parks and public lands in the Bighorn region that would preserve natural landscapes while supporting a wide range of world-class tourism and recreation opportunities. Read more about Public Information Session: Have your say on the future of Bighorn Country

Location

Sundre Community Centre
3, 96-2 Avenue NW
Sundre , AB
Event

Public Information Session: Have your say on the future of Bighorn Country

Jan 9 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

The Government of Alberta is holding public information sessions to ensure more Albertans can provide feedback on the proposal for Bighorn Country.

In the spirit of Kananaskis Country, the Government of Alberta is proposing a mix of parks and public lands in the Bighorn region that would preserve natural landscapes while supporting a wide range of world-class tourism and recreation opportunities. Read more about Public Information Session: Have your say on the future of Bighorn Country

Location

German-Canadian Club of Red Deer
38167 Range Road 280
Red Deer , AB
Event

Public Information Session: Have your say on the future of Bighorn Country

Jan 7 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

The Government of Alberta is holding public information sessions to ensure more Albertans can provide feedback on the proposal for Bighorn Country.

In the spirit of Kananaskis Country, the Government of Alberta is proposing a mix of parks and public lands in the Bighorn region that would preserve natural landscapes while supporting a wide range of world-class tourism and recreation opportunities. Read more about Public Information Session: Have your say on the future of Bighorn Country

Location

MacKenzie Conference Centre
5745 45 Avenue
Drayton Valley , AB
Event

Public Information Session: Have your say on the future of Bighorn Country

Dec 17 2018 - 4:00pm to 9:00pm

The Government of Alberta is holding public information sessions to ensure more Albertans can provide feedback on the proposal for Bighorn Country.

In the spirit of Kananaskis Country, the Government of Alberta is proposing a mix of parks and public lands in the Bighorn region that would preserve natural landscapes while supporting a wide range of world-class tourism and recreation opportunities. Read more about Public Information Session: Have your say on the future of Bighorn Country

Location

Lou Soppit Community Centre, Shunda Room
5404 48 Street
Rocky Mountain House , AB
Event

Webinar: Julie Gelfand, Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development on her Fall 2018 Report

Dec 11 2018 - 11:00am
Dec 11 2018 - 12:00pm

 December 11, 2018
1-2 pm ET
This webinar is free.
 

The 2018 reports that will be discussed include:  

  • Toxic Substances - "The government does not know how well it is meeting its goal of protecting Canadians from the risk of toxic substances"
  • Protecting Marine Mammals - "The government did little to protect marine mammals from the risk of commercial fishing and navigation until recently."
  • Sustainable Development Strategies (specifically on strategic environmental assessment) - "The government does not know how well it is meeting its goal of protecting Canadians from the risk of toxic substances"
  • Environmental Petitions (with a number of interesting case studies, e.g., Agenda 2030 and nuclear liability insurance) - "Petitioners not satisfied by ministers' answers to questions about the environment and sustainable development."

Register Now Read more about Webinar: Julie Gelfand, Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development on her Fall 2018 Report

Action Alert

Say YES! to Bighorn Country

Deadline: 
31 Jan 2019

Nestled between Banff and Jasper National Park, the Bighorn is a spectacular piece of wilderness. It’s where grizzly bears roam and harlequin ducks float down pristine streams that provide 90 percent of the water supply for the North Saskatchewan River.

The efforts of many have kept the Bighorn a treasure; for more than 50 years, AWA has been part of the effort to conserve the Bighorn with everything from garbage cleanup, hiking and equestrian trail maintenance, to monitoring and research. Read more about Say YES! to Bighorn Country

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