Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

Wilderness Celebration: Journey to the Yukon's Three Rivers


CPAWS Northern AlbertaAviation Hanger, 11410 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, AlbertaAn evening of celebration and fundraising in support of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. The evening will begin with a multimedia presentation on the trip of 11 nationally prominent artists, writers, journalists, and photographers joined 26 people from the Yukon and the Northwest Territories through the Snake, the Wind, and the Bonnet Plume Rivers in the Peel River Basin in the stunning Selwyn Mountains along Yukon’s eastern border. Following this there will be musical performances by Kristilyn Robertson, Cassius Khan and world-renowned slide guitarist Ellen McIlwaine. The evening will also feature the final viewing of "Earth's Treasure Chest". The individual panels of this mural are currently being auction off in an online auction at and will be sent to their new generous owners following the event on May 12th.

Film Screening & Talk: Journey to the Yukon’s Three Rivers


Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Calgary/Banff Chapter Join guest speaker Juri Peepre, long-time CPAWS Yukon conservationist, as he presents an award-winning art film and talk on the Three Rivers of Yukon’s Peel watershed ­ the Snake, the Wind and the Bonnet Plume ­ one of the last amazing wild places on earth. Don’t miss spectacular images, original music and the eloquent voices of Aboriginal peoples, artists and conservationists who spent a remarkable summer journeying to this remote yet threatened wilderness.

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Valentine’s Day Rally for Alberta’s Woodland Caribou


Suncor: Have a Heart for CaribouValentine's Day Rally3:30 pm to 5:00 pmDowntown Calgary, in front of Suncor's headofficeNorth side of 4th Ave at Sunlife Energy Plaza, 112 - 4 Ave, SWDress warm and help us encourage Suncor Energy to have a heart for the protection and recovery of Alberta's threatened woodland caribou, including the Little Smoky herd, which is at immediate risk of extinction. Sponsored by the University of Calgary EcoClub, Sierra Club of Canada, West Athabasca Bioregional Society, CPAWS-Edmonton, Canadian Youth Climate Coalition, Alberta Foothills Network and Voice for Animals Humane Society.

CPAWS Edmonton Open House


You're Invited to the...CPAWS Edmonton Open House Who: All new and existing volunteers, members, donors, supporters and other interested folks.What: A chance to visit the office, meet the CPAWS staff and board, see how you can get involved or re-involved with CPAWS this fall, have some snacks, and share your winter stories. A great opportunity for new and existing volunteers to sign up for (or learn more about) our available volunteer jobs!When: Wednesday, January 31st 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Action Alert: Have a Green Christmas and write to Ted Morton

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society — Edmonton Chapter

Tips and suggestions for having a green Christmas

Give nature a present too! The Christmas season is full of traditions and joy, unfortunately it can also be full of waste. Here are some simple ways to keep the traditions alive and extend the giving to the environment too.

  • Carry cloth bags when shopping;
  • Use reusable wrapping: Christmas theme tea towels, recycled paper, gift bags, and tin foil;
  • Send e-cards rather than paper cards. If you do send paper cards make sure the paper is recyclable or use them in your crafts;
  • Purchase LED lights for your Christmas tree and house;
  • Do your Christmas baking all at the same time to reduce time spent heating the environment (this will save money too!);
  • Make a charitable <../CPAWS-Donate.htm>donation in someone's name (It's not necessary to donate to CPAWS other organizations are good too!);
  • Purchase a gift someone can use rather than store, like concert tickets;
  • Carpool to Christmas parties and other functions;
  • Decorate an outside tree... or your balcony with critter friendly decorations - bird seed ornaments.

Share your wishes for caribou with our new Minister for Sustainable Resource Development

This morning, our new premier announced his new cabinet ministers. Taking over the portfolio of Sustainable Resource Development is Ted Morton. Now is the time to write a letter expressing your wishes for better habitat protection for Alberta's woodland caribou. By writing a letter to the new Minister you let him know that caribou are important to Albertans', as such, the issue deserves his time and attention.

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

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.

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.

Public Information Forum: Value of Parks to Neighboring Communities - Pincher Creek

Pincher Creek

Sierra Club of Canada"Trail of the Great Bear"Canadian Parks and Wilderness SocietyCastle Crown Wilderness CoalitionNatural Resources Defense Council FreeHeritage Inn, Pincher Creek 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm Doors & displays open at 6:30 pmWhat is the value of parks to neighboring communities in western North America, including Alberta?The first park in Alberta's southwest was established in 1895 - Waterton Lakes National Park. Since then, Beauvais Lake (1954) and Police Outpost (1970) provincial parks, three Historic Sites and the Westcastle Wetlands were added to the protected areas system. In 1982 the Alberta Recreation and Parks Minister stated he recognized "the scarcity and sensitivity of the few remaining wildland and recreation areas of southern Alberta." How have such protected areas benefited our communities and what about the future?


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