Biodiversity and Wildlife

Call for Input

Proposal to Reclassify and Expand Twin River Heritage Rangeland Natural Area

Initiative: 
Proposal to Reclassify and Expand Twin River Heritage Rangeland Natural Area
Deadline: 
31 Aug 2018

Alberta Environment and Parks is seeking input from the public and stakeholders on the proposed reclassification and expansion of the Twin River Heritage Rangeland Natural Area (Twin River HRNA). Twin River HRNA is located in southern Alberta, approximately 10 km west of the Town of Milk River and currently protects over 19,000 hectares (47,000 acres) of grassland within the Milk River Ridge.  Read more about Proposal to Reclassify and Expand Twin River Heritage Rangeland Natural Area

Media Release

Alberta Moves on Protection for Native Grasslands in Milk River Ridge

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Milk River Ridge Grassland Photo
Milk River Ridge Grassland. Photo: Alberta Wilderness Association

Yesterday, the Alberta government released a proposal to expand the Twin River Heritage Rangeland Natural Area in order to protect a significant piece of Alberta’s endangered grasslands. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is relieved to finally see concrete steps towards protection of a critical piece of Alberta’s native grasslands, which has been on government books awaiting protection for years. AWA remains concerned about ongoing potential threats to this landscape from oil and gas exploration. Read more about Alberta Moves on Protection for Native Grasslands in Milk River Ridge

Event

Presentation: Respecting the River

Aug 28 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Why should we care about headwaters?

CPAWS Northern Alberta will be travelling to Grande Prairie and Peace River to give presentations about the conservation of the headwaters from August 28th to August 30th.

CPAWS Northern Alberta will be giving a presentation on the conservation issues in the Grande Prairie area, on the importance of the headwaters of the Peace and Athabasca rivers, their role in climate change mitigation, and the impacts downstream that could occur if they are not protected! Read more about Presentation: Respecting the River

Location

Grande Prairie Public Library
101–9839 103 Avenue
Grande Prairie , AB
Event

WILDMasque on the North Saskatchewan

Aug 17 2018 - 8:00pm to 11:30pm

Wear your finest, don your mask and join us for a magical evening on the newly renovated Edmonton Riverboat, hosted by CTV's Graham Neil. There will be music, drinks, hors d'oeuvres, entertainment, and a silent auction. This masquerade is in support of WILDNorth, Northern Alberta's centre for rescue and compassionate care of injured and orphaned wildlife.

More details to come!

This event is 18+ Read more about WILDMasque on the North Saskatchewan

Location

Edmonton Riverboat
9734 98 Avenue NW
T6C 4P6 Edmonton , AB
Media Release

Public Lands: The Next Target for Alberta’s Renewable Energy Land Rush?

Will the Government of Alberta allow industrial scale wind and solar farms on public lands? Since early June Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) has posed this question several times to the provincial government. AWA is still waiting for an answer.

The dramatic expansion of big wind and big solar projects now underway must not take place at the expense of our threatened native grasslands, parklands, and foothills. AWA believes Alberta needs a public lands policy that explicitly addresses the renewable energy sector. Read more about Public Lands: The Next Target for Alberta’s Renewable Energy Land Rush?

Event

Night Out on the North Saskatchewan

Sep 22 2018 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Edmonton's beautiful North Saskatchewan River Valley is the longest contiguous urban green space in North America! Celebrate the Wonder and the History hidden in our Edmonton gem! Read more about Night Out on the North Saskatchewan

Location

Beverly Heights Community Hall
4209 111 Avenue NW
T5W 0K3 Edmonton , AB
Event

AWA Hike: Fall Whaleback

Sep 22 2018 (All day)

With AWA Volunteer Nick Pink, and Conservation Specialists Nissa Petterson and Grace Wark

The Whaleback is one of the most spectacular Montane landscapes and boasts incredible diversity.

Cost: $25 AWA Members/ $50 Non-members
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: Gentle
Estimated duration of hike: 8 hours including a lovely lunch break

Meeting point details distributed the week before to registered hikers Read more about AWA Hike: Fall Whaleback

Location

The Whaleback , AB
Event

AWA Hike: Sandhills and Horse Lake

Sep 21 2018 (All day)

With Heinz Unger and AWA Conservation Specialist, Joanna Skrajny

A full day hike in the Ghost River Forest reserve west of Calgary.

After hiking through a partially cleared forest, the “Sandhills” are reached. They are a unique feature in the foothills ridges with some areas covered by bare sand only. Further beyond are extensive wetlands and a small lake in an area frequented by wild horses. Read more about AWA Hike: Sandhills and Horse Lake

Location

Ghost River Forest Reserve , AB

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