Alberta Wilderness Association

Media Release

EnCana Avoids Trial on Charges of Canada Wildlife Act Violation in Suffield National Wildlife Area

Calgary – The Suffield Coalition is disappointed to have learned last week that the Crown has stayed the case against EnCana on charges of violating Canada’s Wildlife Act. EnCana was scheduled to be tried on March 19, 2010, almost five years after EnCana installed a section of pipeline in the CFB Suffield National Wildlife Area without a permit (in March 2005). Numerous adjournments and a preliminary hearing were held in Medicine Hat, but now there will be no trial. Read more about EnCana Avoids Trial on Charges of Canada Wildlife Act Violation in Suffield National Wildlife Area

Event

AWA Tuesday Talk: Are Boreal Forests Silent or Just Singing a Different Tune?

Jan 20 2010 - 2:00am

Land use practices may be having an impact on boreal bird communities.

Dr. Erin Bayne will present a photographic overview of the consequences of changing land-use practices in the boreal forest. The implications of these changes for boreal biodiversity will be discussed, with an emphasis on how bird communities are changing and why. Read more about AWA Tuesday Talk: Are Boreal Forests Silent or Just Singing a Different Tune?

Location

Stanely A. Milner (Downtown) Library, Centennial Room
7 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton , AB
Media Release

Management Changes a Concern in Waterton Lakes National Park

The ecological integrity of Waterton Lakes National Park looks set to suffer if a draft Management Plan for the Park is passed without changes. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is calling for changes to the draft Waterton National Park of Canada Management Plan to bring it back in line with the legally-required priority for National Parks: ecological integrity. Read more about Management Changes a Concern in Waterton Lakes National Park

Media Release

Woodland Caribou herds declining toward extinction in Alberta

Provincial recovery plan for caribou authorizes more logging, and oil and gas development in Alberta’s foothills caribou forests

Rural and provincial conservation groups today distributed copies of a new provincial government recovery plan for Alberta’s endangered woodland caribou. The ‘Action Plan for West-Central Alberta Caribou Recovery’ authorizes ongoing logging and oil and gas development in the caribou home ranges north of Hinton and Grande Cache. The groups also displayed more than two dozen Alberta government and science reports, consultations and recovery plans for caribou released since the late 1970’s, showing industrial impacts on forests and wildlife as the root cause of caribou decline.

The groups highlighted the fact that the government did not act on the previous plans written since the 1970’s, while at the same time Alberta’s caribou population has declined by almost two-thirds, from a high of an estimated population of 7,000 - 9,000 in the 1960’s to an estimated 3,000 today. Last year, a Canada-wide scientific review found that Alberta’s herds of woodland caribou were the most in danger of extinction among all provinces. Logging and oil and gas allocations increased rapidly during the 1980’s and 1990’s and now blanket Alberta forests. Read more about Woodland Caribou herds declining toward extinction in Alberta

Media Release

Ecological Integrity May be the Loser in New Banff Park Management Plan

The primary mandate for Banff National Park - managing to maintain the park's ecological integrity - looks like receiving short shrift if a proposed new management plan goes ahead unchanged. Instead, a shift towards maximizing the "visitor experience" receives a much higher profile throughout the new draft plan.

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is calling for changes to the draft Banff National Park of Canada Management Plan to bring it back in line with the legally-required priority for National Parks: ecological integrity. The draft plan is currently going through an ill-defined public review period. Read more about Ecological Integrity May be the Loser in New Banff Park Management Plan

Media Release

Federal Government Failing to Protect Fresh Water for Tens of Thousands of Canadians in Alberta and Northwest Territories

Canada Not Implementing Numerous Legal Obligations That Protect Fresh Water in Oil Sands

Ottawa and Calgary — The federal government is failing to enforce and implement numerous laws that are in place to protect the water — in many cases the drinking water — for tens of thousands of Canadians who live near oil sands operations. According to a new report released today, this failure affects people who live in Fort Chipewyan, Fort Smith, Fort MacKay and also in Yellowknife. Read more about Federal Government Failing to Protect Fresh Water for Tens of Thousands of Canadians in Alberta and Northwest Territories

Media Release

Water for Life Renewal. Is it Too Little Too Late?

In Alberta, after six years of hoping the Water for Life strategy would make a difference, we are still a long way from achieving "healthy aquatic ecosystems."While Alberta Wilderness Association welcomes today's release of the Water for Life Renewal Action Plan, we are disappointed that despite years of consultation and work there is no urgency to meet healthy aquatic ecosystem goals.

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