Biodiversity and Wildlife

Miistakis Monday: Do We Need a Definition of Biodiversity Conservation?

Jun 8 2020 - 12:00pm

From the Miistatkis Institute:

What does biodiversity conservation mean? We can define biodiversity, and we can catalogue the conservation mechanisms (parks, laws, education, research, advocacy, etc.), but how do we assess if a specific activity will conserve biodiversity. Join us a for a panel discussion about a proposed way of describing biodiversity conservation, and whether this is even needed.

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Rescinding the Alberta Coal Policy opens headwaters in the eastern slopes of the Rockies to open-pit coal mining

Calgary – The Government of Alberta has rescinded A Coal Development Policy for Alberta (1976; the Coal Policy). CPAWS Southern Alberta is concerned about the impacts this will have on Alberta’s treasured mountains and foothills along the eastern slopes of the Rockies. “There are currently no other land use plans or policies that directly replace the environmental zoning and restrictions under the Coal Policy” says Katie Morrison, Conservation Director for CPAWS Southern Alberta. “This leaves sensitive headwaters regions and treasured landscapes that provide habitat for species like grizzly bear, elk, and threatened native trout, at risk to the disturbances that come with surface coal mining and increased exploration.”

Since 1976, the Coal Policy has provided important land use zoning frameworks which have informed management and development of coal mines along the eastern slopes region of Alberta.

The Coal Policy’s Land Classification System prevented coal development on Category 1 lands and restricted development to underground or in-situ mining under Category 2 lands along the eastern slopes. The Coal Policy Category 2 covers 1,458,000 ha of the headwaters areas that provide the majority of drinking water to downstream communities in Alberta and across the prairies. With the removal of the coal policy, open-pit coal mines will now be permitted on these sensitive lands. Read more about Rescinding the Alberta Coal Policy opens headwaters in the eastern slopes of the Rockies to open-pit coal mining

Alberta Coal Policy scrapped, making open-pit coal mining more accessible than ever along the eastern slopes of the Rockies

Alberta is cancelling a long-standing coal policy that provided broad protections within our mountain and foothill regions, making it easier to develop open-pit mines in more ecologically sensitive areas. 

Edmonton – On May 15, 2020 the Government of Alberta announced that they were rescinding  A Coal Development Policy for Alberta (Coal Policy) which has provided sweeping environmental protections for coal development since the 1970’s. This has raised concerns about how this will impact Alberta’s treasured mountains and foothills along the eastern slopes of the Rockies. Read more about Alberta Coal Policy scrapped, making open-pit coal mining more accessible than ever along the eastern slopes of the Rockies

Job Opportunity: Financial Controller , Y2Y

Position: 
Financial Controller
Application Deadline: 
17 Jun 2020
Location: 
Canmore

ABOUT THE YELLOWSTONE TO YUKON CONSERVATION INITIATIVE

The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) is a joint Canada-US not-for-profit organization with a mission to connect and protect habitat from Yellowstone to Yukon so people and nature thrive. Y2Y takes a scientific approach to conservation and is upheld as a global leader in large landscape conservation. Visit www.y2y.net to learn more. Read more about Job Opportunity: Financial Controller , Y2Y

Summer Job Opportunity: Conservation Science Intern, Y2Y

Position: 
Conservation Science Intern
Application Deadline: 
31 May 2020
Location: 
Canmore (depending on COVID-19 situation)
Start/end dates: minimum of 8 weeks (between June 15 and August 28)
Hourly wage: $20/hour, 37.5-hour week

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Critical Trout Habitat Damaged Without Consequence

Two years ago, at the end of April 2018, when the snow melted in the Rocky Mountains, a forestry road crossing Silvester Creek blew out. Silvester Creek is Critical Habitat for threatened native westslope cutthroat trout. The road then leaked large amounts of sediment into the clean water that the trout rely on to survive. Read more about Critical Trout Habitat Damaged Without Consequence

Defend Alberta Parks - Virtual Town Hall

Apr 28 2020 - 7:00pm

From the Eventbrite page:

Join CPAWS Southern and Northern Alberta chapters to learn about how parks cuts are impacting Albertans.

As you may know, Alberta Parks announced the removal of 164 parks sites and the closure of 20 sites in early March. CPAWS Northern and Southern Alberta chapters have been pushing for this decision to be reversed, but protecting Alberta’s parks is not possible without you! Read more about Defend Alberta Parks - Virtual Town Hall

AWA Talk: Student Research Showcase

May 1 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Join us as we host our annual student showcase, exploring and celebrating their independent research projects. Read more about AWA Talk: Student Research Showcase

Location

AWA Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB

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