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Encana Ignores CFB Suffield Rules and Damages Sensitive Wetlands at Suffield

Alberta Wilderness Association

News Release: March 7, 2007

Encana failed to follow the rules of Canadian Forces Base Suffield for protection of wetlands while drilling, a coalition of environmental groups has learned. The company drilled a well in a known wetland near the federally protected Suffield National Wildlife Area, and refused to remove it until given an ultimatum by the Base. The groups are asking the federal government to prohibit all new industrial activities in the Suffield National Wildlife Area. Read more about Encana Ignores CFB Suffield Rules and Damages Sensitive Wetlands at Suffield

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Suffield Files Reveal Disturbing Story of Environmental Degradation, Non-Compliance by Energy Companies

News Release: February 28, 2007

Internal government documents regarding energy company EnCana's activities inside Canadian Forces Base Suffield, including a federally protected National Wildlife Area (NWA), reveal a disturbing story of environmental degradation and non-compliance, says a coalition of environmental groups. The groups are asking the federal government to prohibit all new industrial activities in the Suffield NWA. Read more about Suffield Files Reveal Disturbing Story of Environmental Degradation, Non-Compliance by Energy Companies

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Caribou Jeopardized by Forest Products Association Decision to Clearcut for Pine Beetle

Alberta Wilderness Association

News Release: January 22, 2007

Alberta's threatened woodland caribou suffered one more nail in the coffin with the recent about-turn by the Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA) in its decision to ignore caribou habitat in the ongoing "war on pine beetle." Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is fed-up with one more flip-flop in the AFPA's inconsistent approach to protection of the endangered woodland caribou, and is calling for their removal from the Alberta government's Caribou Committee (ACC). Read more about Caribou Jeopardized by Forest Products Association Decision to Clearcut for Pine Beetle

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Woodland Caribou Sacrificed as Government Forces Companies to Log Pine Forests

Alberta Wilderness Association

News Release: December 7, 2006

The Deputy Minister of Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (SRD) has confirmed that the Alberta Government is directing forestry companies to commence liquidation of pine forest in critical habitat of mountain woodland caribou as part of its war on mountain pine beetle (MPB). AWA is opposed to clear-cut logging and industrial activity in critical woodland caribou habitat. AWA believes the government's actions contradict a key recommendation of the West Central team, charged with implementing caribou recovery in the area. Read more about Woodland Caribou Sacrificed as Government Forces Companies to Log Pine Forests

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The Christmas Week of Action for Wildlife

Presented by The Alberta Foothills Network, together with 1000s of Albertans…

December 1st – 8th
We need you to Join the Fun and lend your voice for wildlife in Alberta!

How can you participate?

  1. Join legendary American and Albertan environmentalists at the launch action in Calgary on December 1st at 11am
  2. Join Santa and his reindeer at the final action in Edmonton on Dec. 7th at Noon
  3. Lend your voice in a creative way anytime during the week of action — take 5 minutes or an hour to speak up for threatened species such as caribou and grizzly bear.

For more details and a toolkit explaining simple ways that you can participate and make a big difference, please download the Alberta Foothills Action Guide at www.albertafoothillsnetwork.org. Read more about The Christmas Week of Action for Wildlife

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Alberta's War on Pine Forest Misguided and Destructive

Alberta Wilderness AssociationCanadian Parks and Wilderness Society

The Alberta government's all-out war on mountain pine beetle (MPB) will seriously harm our forests and wildlife, cost over $20 million of taxpayers' money, and is destined to fail. CPAWS and AWA are calling for a more rational approach to deal with MPB including preserving caribou habitat, investing in a value-added wood products industry, re-evaluating fire suppression strategies, and combating climate change.

"The pine beetles have invaded Alberta for one simple reason - the climate is now warm enough to support them," says Rick Schneider, Conservation Director with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. "We know from B.C.'s experience that stopping the beetle is impossible. The Canadian Forest Service has confirmed that intervention to bring the epidemic under control is not feasible. So instead of wasteful and destructive efforts to the stop the beetle we need to develop plans for living with it," says Schneider. Read more about Alberta's War on Pine Forest Misguided and Destructive

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Private Grab of Public Land in Ghost Waiparous

Alberta Wilderness Association

An application by a private company to lease 160 acres of public land in the Ghost Waiparous is nearing the approval stage with almost no public knowledge. This is one of a growing number of such lease applications throughout Alberta's Eastern Slopes, with little scrutiny and minimal opportunity for public comment. AWA is asking the Alberta government to put all such developments on hold until its long-awaited land-use framework is completed.

Lazy H Trail Company of Cochrane has applied for a 99-year lease of 160 acres of wilderness public land for a private resort development that could cater to as manyas 600 people per day. The site is remote, on the north side of the Ghost River's headwaters, only about 6 km east of Banff National Park, near Lake Minnewanka. This precedent-setting attempt to grab a quarter section of prime public real estate through Alberta's Tourism Recreation Lease (ATRL) process could be approved without any input from the land's owners, the Alberta public. Read more about Private Grab of Public Land in Ghost Waiparous

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Alberta Government's War - Threatened Caribou Are First Casualties

Alberta Wilderness AssociationCanadian Parks & Wilderness Society

November 10, 2006

The Alberta government has approved a policy that compels forestry companies to fight mountain pine beetle by clearcutting old pine forest in Alberta's Foothills. Alberta is forcing companies such as Weyerhaeuser in Grande Prairie to log mature pine forest that is at risk of mountain pine beetle attack. AWA and others believe the first casualty of Alberta's war on the forest will be threatened caribou populations. Read more about Alberta Government's War - Threatened Caribou Are First Casualties

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