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Moratorium on motorized access necessary for grizzly survival

CALGARY -  Industrial and public motorized access routes in grizzly bear habitat greatly exceed thresholds recommended in the Alberta government’s official Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan. This issue is so critical that several Alberta Conservation organizations are calling for an immediate moratorium on new roads. Read more about Moratorium on motorized access necessary for grizzly survival

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Save our Sage-Grouse! Recommendations from Emergency Sage-Grouse Summit

Desperate measures are needed if Canada’s most endangered wildlife species, the greater sage-grouse, is to be saved from extinction in Canada. This is the overwhelming conclusion coming from the Emergency Sage-Grouse Summit, held in Calgary, Alberta September 7-8, 2011.

“We have known for a long time that sage-grouse are in trouble,” says Cliff Wallis, Alberta Wilderness Association vice-president. “We will continue to press government and industry to stop industrial development in critical habitat. Read more about Save our Sage-Grouse! Recommendations from Emergency Sage-Grouse Summit

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Media Briefing 2: Emergency Sage-Grouse Summit

- Recommendations to Save Alberta’s “Most Endangered Species”

What?        Media Briefing, Emergency Sage-Grouse Summit recommendations
When?       Thursday September 8, 2011
                   11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Where?      AWA office, 455 – 12th Street NW, Calgary

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is hosting a two-day international Emergency Sage-Grouse Summit, Wednesday September 7 – Thursday September 8.

At the end of the summit, participants will present a series of emergency recommendations for sage-grouse recovery. AWA invites media personnel to join some of North America’s leading sage-grouse scientists (11:00 a.m., Thursday September 8), to discuss those recommendations. Read more about Media Briefing 2: Emergency Sage-Grouse Summit

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Media Briefing 1: Emergency Sage-Grouse Summit

Last Ditch effort to Save Alberta’s “Most Endangered Species”

What?             Media Briefing, Emergency Sage-Grouse Summit
When?            Wednesday September 7, 2011
                        10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
Where?          AWA office, 455 – 12th Street NW, Calgary

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is hosting a two-day international Emergency Sage-Grouse Summit, Wednesday September 7 – Thursday September 8.

AWA invites media personnel to join some of North America’s leading sage-grouse scientists at the launch of the summit (10:00 a.m., Wednesday September 7), to discuss the desperate plight of Alberta’s sage-grouse. Read more about Media Briefing 1: Emergency Sage-Grouse Summit

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Last Dance for Sage-grouse?

Just 13 Male Birds Remain in Alberta, as Recovery Fails

In 2011, just thirteen male greater sage-grouse were counted in Alberta. Without emergency action to protect sage-grouse habitat, the species will die out in Alberta, and the finger of blame will be pointed squarely at provincial and federal governments which have failed to act.

The decline in sage-grouse has been steep and steady in Alberta since1996, when the bird was first listed on Alberta’s blue list as a species that may be at risk. And yet both provincial and federal governments have utterly failed to take action to protect sage-grouse habitat and halt the slide. Read more about Last Dance for Sage-grouse?

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Pembina reacts to revised draft of Lower Athabasca Regional Plan

CALGARY — Jennifer Grant, director of the Pembina Institute's oilsands program, made the following statement in response to the release today of a revised draft of the Government of Alberta's Lower Athabasca Regional Plan: Read more about Pembina reacts to revised draft of Lower Athabasca Regional Plan

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Pembina reacts to draft Woodland Caribou Recovery Strategy

CALGARY — Simon Dyer, policy director with the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Government of Canada's release of a draft recovery strategy for woodland caribou:

"By allowing 95 per cent of woodland caribou habitat in northeastern Alberta to be lost, the Government of Canada is proposing that Canadians 'write off' virtually all the habitat that supports Alberta's caribou herds in order to promote irresponsible levels of oilsands development. Read more about Pembina reacts to draft Woodland Caribou Recovery Strategy

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Proposed caribou recovery strategy violates SARA

EDMONTON — The federal government’s draft woodland caribou recovery strategy — released today, four years overdue — is illegal and fails on multiple fronts to comply with requirements under the Species at Risk Act, Ecojustice said today.

“This is not a recovery plan. This is barely a survival plan,” said Melissa Gorrie, Ecojustice staff lawyer. “SARA requires that recovery plans be based in science, but this plan clearly prioritizes political and industrial interests over that of the animals it is supposed to protect.” Read more about Proposed caribou recovery strategy violates SARA

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Alberta’s Woodland Caribou in Peril

Newly-revealed Documents Show Scientists Trying to Sound the Alarm

The plight of Alberta’s woodland caribou has become so desperate that Alberta government scientists are recommending that the species be downgraded from a threatened species to an endangered species, according to newly‐released documents. Although the province’s Scientific Subcommittee recommended the downgrading nearly a year ago, still the government is failing to act. Read more about Alberta’s Woodland Caribou in Peril

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