Alberta Wilderness Association

Helping Jasper’s Caribou to Survive Needs More than Conservation Breeding

Jasper National Park has released a report from an expert scientific review about whether conservation breeding can recover Jasper’s critically low numbers of caribou. Jasper has also announced it will review caribou habitat winter access for 2021-22 to ensure Parks Canada’s efforts are focused “on what is most effective”. Read more about Helping Jasper’s Caribou to Survive Needs More than Conservation Breeding

Financially-Troubled Atrum Coal to Present to High River Town Council

Atrum Coal, the financially-troubled Australian proponent of the Elan open-pit coal mining project in Alberta’s Eastern Slopes, takes its promotional pitch to High River Town Council later today. Since Alberta reinstated the 1976 Coal Policy, investors on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) have pummeled this penny stock. Read more about Financially-Troubled Atrum Coal to Present to High River Town Council

$90 Vehicle Fee for Kananaskis – A Multi-million Dollar Cash Grab That Will Deter Visitors

The Globe and Mail’s Emma Graney reported earlier today that Alberta will impose a $90 annual fee for vehicles entering Kananaskis Country. Since last year AWA has warned Albertans of Minister Nixon’s intent to shift the financing of parks and protected areas onto user fees and away from general tax revenues. This announcement, coupled with the new public lands camping pass, is just further evidence of the UCP government’s commitment to the user fee model for funding parks. Read more about $90 Vehicle Fee for Kananaskis – A Multi-million Dollar Cash Grab That Will Deter Visitors

The Coal Consultation Update: Some Good News… But the Cart is Still Before the Horse

Energy Minister Sonya Savage delivered some good news in her April 23, 2021 coal consultation update: all coal exploration projects in Category 2 lands in Alberta’s Eastern Slopes must halt immediately. AWA welcomes the Minister’s decision to eliminate the immediate threat to landscapes and wildlife that could have resulted from the activities of Cabin Ridge and Valory Resources on Category 2 lands. Read more about The Coal Consultation Update: Some Good News… But the Cart is Still Before the Horse

Camping Fees: Breaking A UCP Election Promise

The Government of Alberta has introduced Bill 64, the Public Lands Amendment Act. This Act proposes a new Public Lands Camping Pass. AWA believes this initiative unjustifiably targets low impact users of Alberta’s backcountry and will reduce accessibility to public lands for lower income Albertans.

The UCP election platform promised to: “Apply a mandatory $30 trail permit fee to Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV) and camping trailers to pay for restoring and creating OHV trails and preventing damage in Alberta’s great outdoors, and to hire additional enforcement officers.” Read more about Camping Fees: Breaking A UCP Election Promise

AWA Calls For Federal Impact Assessment of the Tent Mountain Coal Mine Project

Alberta Wilderness Association has requested that Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson conduct a federal impact assessment of the Tent Mountain Mine Project. Under section 9 of Canada’s Impact Assessment Act, the Minister has the power to designate a project for an assessment if: Read more about AWA Calls For Federal Impact Assessment of the Tent Mountain Coal Mine Project

Northwest Alberta’s Bistcho Lake Draft Caribou Sub-Regional Plan Released

March 29 – Today the Alberta government issued the draft Bistcho Lake sub-regional plan for public consultation. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) has participated as a member of the Bistcho Lake Task Force since November 2019 and will be studying the draft plan to see if it responds well to the Task Force recommendations. Read more about Northwest Alberta’s Bistcho Lake Draft Caribou Sub-Regional Plan Released

Coal and Economics Virtual Town Hall

Mar 23 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

From the AWA website:

Alberta’s Rocky Mountains and Foothills are facing an unprecedented threat; coal mining exploration and development in the Eastern slopes has the capacity to pollute vital headwaters and completely dismantle fragile ecosystems. Read more about Coal and Economics Virtual Town Hall

Jasper National Park Caribou: Statement by Recreational Users and Conservationists

The Alpine Club of Canada (ACC), Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA), Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Northern Alberta Chapter, and David Suzuki Foundation are issuing the following statement:

We are very concerned that today, February 16, Parks Canada is lifting its winter-time backcountry access restrictions in Jasper National Park’s Tonquin caribou range.

There are so few caribou left in the herds in Jasper, that every single individual counts. The precautionary principle is required in this situation. Read more about Jasper National Park Caribou: Statement by Recreational Users and Conservationists

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