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End in Sight for Energy Leasing in Alberta Caribou Ranges?

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) has found that no new energy rights within Alberta caribou ranges are scheduled for future sales. Two in-range licences covering 24 km2, which had been posted for the August 19 rights auction, have since been withdrawn by Alberta Energy. AWA recognizes the importance of these lease sale withdrawals and urges the Alberta government to defer all new energy leasing within caribou ranges, until strong habitat-recovery range plans are in place to ensure survival of Alberta’s endangered caribou. Read more about End in Sight for Energy Leasing in Alberta Caribou Ranges?

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Govenlock PFRA Pasture a Significant Step towards Prairie Conservation

David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills-Grasslands, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, announced on July 29, 2015 that the Govenlock Community Pasture will be transferred from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to Environment Canada, conserving this grassland ecosystem and habitat for species at risk. Read more about Govenlock PFRA Pasture a Significant Step towards Prairie Conservation

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Canada lacks comprehensive strategy to support its growing clean energy sector: report

Without coordinated effort federally and provincially, Canada could lose a significant share of the global market for its clean energy technology

VANCOUVER — A new report examining policies and programs that support growth and development of companies in the clean technology (cleantech) sector has uncovered significant shortcomings in Canada’s approach, and a lack of a clear policy framework federally and provincially.

The policy “report card” — authored by the Pembina Institute and commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) — examined three types of policy categories: those that support domestic deployment opportunities, those that encourage business growth and those that help companies access export opportunities. Read more about Canada lacks comprehensive strategy to support its growing clean energy sector: report

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Three new Alberta Wildlife Status Reports online

From the Alberta Conservation Association:

Three new Alberta Wildlife Status Reports are now available online: Status of the Canada Warbler in Alberta, Status of the Chestnut-collared Longspur in Alberta, and Status of the Brassy Minnow in Alberta.  You can view and download these reports from Alberta Conservation Association’s website, or Alberta Environment and Parks’ species at risk website.

Alberta Wildlife Status Reports are published and distributed by Alberta Conservation Association and Alberta Environment and Parks (until recently Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development). Status reports provide detailed and current information that is useful for managing wildlife populations and their habitats in Alberta.  As well, these reports are used by Alberta’s Endangered Species Conservation Committee for identifying species that may be formally designated as Endangered or Threatened under Alberta’s Wildlife Act.

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Endangered Sage-grouse numbers on the rise in Alberta and Saskatchewan

Federal emergency order helping endangered prairie bird populations recover

CALGARY — Canada’s endangered Greater Sage-grouse populations are on the rebound and conservation groups are cautiously optimistic about the increased numbers. Credited with the increase are climatic factors and, as an outcome of the federal emergency protection order, increased attention to remedying this majestic bird's plight.

In 2014, there were thought to be only 14 males remaining in Alberta, with the total provincial population estimated at approximately 30 birds. Only six males were counted at active breeding grounds or ‘leks’ in Saskatchewan.

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Pembina reacts to Canada setting greenhouse gas emission targets

CALGARY — Amin Asadollahi, oilsands director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Government of Canada’s announcement it intends to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. Read more about Pembina reacts to Canada setting greenhouse gas emission targets

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Environmental Enforcement Positions Good News for Headwaters

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is greatly encouraged by today's announcement by the Alberta government that 23 new environmental enforcement positions are being established to patrol Alberta's Eastern Slopes and other backcountry areas. The hirings follow several years of sparse presence on the ground by officers and widespread damage to streams and river beds in Alberta's headwaters. Read more about Environmental Enforcement Positions Good News for Headwaters

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CPAWS Supports Government Announcement on Increased Enforcement on Public Lands

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) – Southern Alberta chapter applauds today’s Government of Alberta announcement of increased enforcement on the eastern slopes.

CPAWS Southern Alberta believes that the province is big enough for a diversity of recreational opportunities. However, when the rule is “anything goes,” there will soon be nothing left. The wrong kinds of activities in the wrong places lead to displacement of wildlife, degraded waterways, damaged habitat and conflicts between people. Read more about CPAWS Supports Government Announcement on Increased Enforcement on Public Lands

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ELC launches Our North Saskatchewan regional plan website

The Environmental Law Centre has launched a new website focusing on environmental planning in the North Saskatchewan Region. The ELC's Jason Unger posted that the site's purpose is to:

"foster dissemination of environmental information that is central to this planning"

and that the site will provide:

  • Links to environmental information (regarding water, air, land, biodiversity, and cumulative effects),
  • Background information on regional plans, and
  • Starts the discussion around risks and opportunities in the regional planning context
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