Alberta Wilderness Association

Rail to Banff: A Consultation Train Wreck

A Calgary-Bow Valley Mass Transit Feasibility Study released last week examined all-year bus and rail mass transit development scenarios from Calgary to Banff. Incredibly the study didn’t consider the impact on wildlife of additional rail traffic in the Bow Valley. Given that trains kill wildlife in Banff National Park, AWA believes it’s unacceptable for a rail feasibility study to ignore rail’s impact on wildlife. Read More

Calgary Talk: Getting the Whole Picture

Mar 19 2019 - 7:00pm

Elly Knight will share what we’ve learned about where Common Nighthawks spend their time outside of the breeding season and how it applies to the conservation of this poorly understood species. She will cover the conservation importance of studying birds during migration and on the wintering grounds, and how it applies to our Common Nighthawks in Alberta.

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AWA Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB

Water for Tomorrow: Calgary-Mountain View Candidates Forum

Mar 5 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:15pm

Join MLA candidates from diverse political parties and our moderator, CBC’s Judy Aldous. Topics will include headwaters, drought/flood preparedness and responsible water use.

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Alberta Wilderness Association
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB

AWA Talk — Ian Urquhart: Promises Made

Feb 26 2019 - 7:00pm

The NDP 2015 election platform promised leadership on climate change. As Albertans ready for a spring 2019 election, Ian Urquhart considers just how much leadership Premier Notley’s government has shown on the climate change file. Read More


Jackson Power
9744 60 Avenue NW
Edmonton , AB

Bighorn Country Proposal Factsheet

With just two weeks left to submit your input on the Government of Alberta's Bighorn Country Proposal, the Alberta Wilderness Association has published a factsheet addressing some of the common questions surrounding the proposal.

Bighorn Country offers a significant opportunity for careful, well reasoned management for this world class wilderness area.

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Good News About Waterton Lakes National Park

Today Parks Canada committed $20.9 million to help Waterton Lakes National Park recover from the 2017 Kenow wildfire. AWA congratulates the Canadian government for making this significant investment in one of Alberta’s stunning national parks. Read More

First Nations, environmental groups launch lawsuit to protect at-risk boreal caribou

CALGARY — Ecojustice lawyers, acting on behalf of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Mikisew Cree First Nation, Alberta Wilderness Association and David Suzuki Foundation, have filed a lawsuit against the federal minister of environment and climate change for her failure to protect the critical habitat of five boreal caribou herds in northeastern Alberta.

Populations of boreal caribou, the species famously depicted on the tail-side of the Canadian quarter, are in decline across the country, largely due to widespread loss and fragmentation of their habitat. Read More

Biodiversity Stewardship Area Proposal South of Wood Buffalo National Park Welcome

Today the Alberta government proposed permanent protection of a significant area of lands south of Wood Buffalo National Park that are important for wildlife and Indigenous communities. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) welcomes this proposal and the associated public consultation process. Read More

Public Lands Should Not Be Sold


Peace River Country Photo

Peace River Country. Photo © AWA Files

In a recent speech, Jason Kenney, Leader of the United Conservative Party (UCP), expressed interest in selling a significant area of public lands in Alberta’s northern Peace River Country should the UCP win the next provincial election. The sold parcels would then be converted to agricultural land. Read More

RE: Bighorn Country

The Alberta Wilderness Association has published a copy of their letter to the Government of Alberta with their comments regarding the recently-proposed parks and protected areas in Bighorn Country.


The Honourable Rachel Notley
Office of the Premier
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