Biodiversity and Wildlife

Canada and Alberta reach agreement on woodland caribou conservation and recovery

On October 23, the governments of Canada and Alberta announced that they had reached an agreement for the conservation and recovery of Woodland Caribou in Alberta. The agreement follows years of pressure from First Nations and environmental groups including a 2019 lawsuit calling on the courts to compel the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to recommend a safety net order to protect boreal caribou habitat. While recognizing the agreement as a necessary first step, environmental organizations remain concerned, particularly that the timelines contained within the agreement are not fast enough to protect threatened herds.

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Climate Change & Alberta Conservation Areas

Nov 10 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Climate Change is a problem that affects every person around the globe. One of the easiest most cost-effective strategies is to increase the quantity and quality of the conservation areas that protect critical lands and waters. We can do this right here in Canada. We already use and enjoy these areas for our recreation and relaxation, but they are also a critical component in dealing with climate change. Find out how you can help, join our Zoom conversation to find out more. Read more about Climate Change & Alberta Conservation Areas

Alberta Forests Deserve More than the Forests Amendment Act

Last week, without any public consultation, the Alberta government proposed changes to the Forests Act. The amendments include a preamble that mentions forest ecological values and climate change, followed by revisions to facilitate forest commercial interests. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) believes the proposed Forests Act changes miss the opportunity for needed reforms to support forest ecosystems and transparent, inclusive forest management. Read more about Alberta Forests Deserve More than the Forests Amendment Act

Locals and Conservationists raise concerns ahead of Grassy Mountain hearing

Ranchlands, Alberta – On October 27th, the joint Federal-Provincial review hearing will commence for the Grassy Mountain Coal project. Several groups are concerned how the mine will impact the environment and way of life. Benga Mining Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Riversdale Resources Ltd., is proposing to construct and operate an open-pit metallurgical coal mine near the Crowsnest Pass, approximately seven kilometres north of the community of the town of Blairmore. Read more about Locals and Conservationists raise concerns ahead of Grassy Mountain hearing

Herd of caribou in Jasper National Park declared extirpated

A herd of caribou in Jasper National Park – the Maligne herd – is now considered locally extinct. Two other caribou herds in the region may be on the same path to extirpation because they don’t have enough breeding females to grow the herds.

AEN member groups are calling for immediate action to halt the decline of caribou populations in the remaining herds. Read more about Herd of caribou in Jasper National Park declared extirpated

Where is Parks Canada’s Plan for Jasper’s Disappearing Caribou?

One month after Jasper National Park quietly posted news that its Maligne caribou are officially extirpated and that two other caribou populations are drastically low in numbers, Parks Canada has still not revealed to Canadians how it plans to prevent the demise of its Tonquin and Brazeau caribou populations and re-occupy the Maligne range with caribou. Today Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is: Read more about Where is Parks Canada’s Plan for Jasper’s Disappearing Caribou?

2020-2021 Plant Study Group Webinar Series

Oct 15 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Oct 29 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Nov 12 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Nov 26 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Dec 10 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

From the Alberta Native Plant Council:

Although we will not be able to meet in person this fall and winter for Plant Study Groups, we are pleased to announce that we will be hosting an online Webinar Series. The webinars will run biweekly on Thursdays beginning with a presentation from Lorna Allen on Thursday, October 15th at 12:00 pm. When possible, the webinars will be recorded and recordings made available to registrants to watch at a later time. Read more about 2020-2021 Plant Study Group Webinar Series

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