Alberta Wilderness Association

Event

2018 Martha Kostuch Wilderness and Wildlife Trust Fund Lecture

Nov 23 2018 - 6:00pm
2018 Martha Kostuch Annual Lecture Poster

Being responsible and realistic
A vision for Alberta East Slope Trout streams

with Dr. Michael G. Sullivan

AWA’s Wilderness and Wildlife Trust Lecture and Awards

AWA’s Annual Wilderness and Wildlife Lecture is an opportunity to present the ideas of researchers in a field related to conservation of wilderness that will inspire and challenge AWA to seek new directions and ways to increase its effectiveness. AWA is proud to present these lectures in pursuit of its mission “Defending Wild Alberta through Awareness and Action.”  Martha Kostuch was an expert in consensus-based decision making her work helped join groups that traditionally might not have worked together. She sought ways to make the system work so we could move forward. AWA has honoured her legacy and her memory by naming our annual lecture the Martha Kostuch Annual Wilderness and Wildlife Lecture. Read more about 2018 Martha Kostuch Wilderness and Wildlife Trust Fund Lecture

Location

AWA Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB
Action Alert

Wild Spaces 2020

From our mountains, to boreal forests and grasslands, Alberta has an amazing number of wild spaces that we cherish and take pride in. Unfortunately, many of these areas are not protected and are at risk of being lost.

In 2010, Canada committed to conserving at least “17% of terrestrial areas and inland waters” by 2020 through networks of protected areas and other conservation measures. This is known as Aichi Target 11 under the United Nations Convention for Biological Diversity. Progress in achieving this target has been glacial: from 2010 to 2016, Canada only added 1% to its protected areas network.

Why are protected places important?
Protected places create safe havens for forests, grasslands, wetlands and oceans to recover without disruption from poorly considered industrial, agricultural and residential development.

Protected areas also provide habitat for wildlife species like grizzlies, wolves, caribou and trout.Currently, 50% of Canada’s wildlife species are in decline.

Wild Spaces 2020 is AWA’s campaign to celebrate Alberta’s amazing wild spaces and a call to protect them for future generations to enjoy. Our campaign works in partnership with other organizations to ensure that Canada is not only held to this promise, but aims to exceed it by the 2020 deadline. Read more about Wild Spaces 2020

Media Release

Plan Needed for Alberta’s Protected Areas

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The hike to Three Isle Lake. Photo: J. Skrajny
The hike to Three Isle Lake. Photo: J. Skrajny

Protecting 17 percent of Alberta’s wilderness by 2020, as part of international commitments under Aichi Target 11, is a commitment the province of Alberta made in 2010. To date, plans for how Alberta will meet the target have not been released. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) supports the government’s commitment and believes the protection of representative landscapes throughout the province is long overdue. Read more about Plan Needed for Alberta’s Protected Areas

Event

John E. Marriott: Tall Tales | Long Lenses

Oct 10 2018 - 7:00pm

John E. Marriott, one of Canada’s premier nature photographers, shares the remarkable stories behind his critically-acclaimed new book, which showcases two decades of unforgettable images of the animals that have inspired him to become an outspoken conservation advocate.

Doors 6:30 PM | Talk 7:00 PM

Tickets: $5

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Location

AWA Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB
Event

2018 Edmonton Autumn Splendour

Oct 16 2018 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Red Deer River

Join AWA at the Royal Glenora Club to celebrate Alberta’s wild spaces; featuring a presentation about AWA’s Public Lands and Wild Spaces Campaign. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, grab a drink at our cash bar, participate in our silent auction and meet with AWA Staff, new friends and old!
Tickets: $50 members/$75 non-members

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Location

Royal Glenora Club
11160 River Valley Road NW
Edmonton , AB
Action Alert

Support the Critical Grasslands of Twin River HRNA

Aug 9 2018 (All day) to Aug 31 2018 (All day)

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

Media Release

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

Media Release

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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