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New Protected Area to Protect Water, Create Jobs

Blairmore, Alberta. Albertans today are celebrating the long-awaited creation of two new protected areas in Alberta. After more than 40 years of pressure from local business, advocates and community members, the remainder of the Castle Special Place has been protected as a Provincial Park and Wildland Provincial Park, completing the protection of ~1000 km2 region. Read more about New Protected Area to Protect Water, Create Jobs

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End in Sight for Energy Leasing in Alberta Caribou Ranges?

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) has found that no new energy rights within Alberta caribou ranges are scheduled for future sales. Two in-range licences covering 24 km2, which had been posted for the August 19 rights auction, have since been withdrawn by Alberta Energy. AWA recognizes the importance of these lease sale withdrawals and urges the Alberta government to defer all new energy leasing within caribou ranges, until strong habitat-recovery range plans are in place to ensure survival of Alberta’s endangered caribou. Read more about End in Sight for Energy Leasing in Alberta Caribou Ranges?

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Govenlock PFRA Pasture a Significant Step towards Prairie Conservation

David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills-Grasslands, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, announced on July 29, 2015 that the Govenlock Community Pasture will be transferred from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to Environment Canada, conserving this grassland ecosystem and habitat for species at risk. Read more about Govenlock PFRA Pasture a Significant Step towards Prairie Conservation

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Three new Alberta Wildlife Status Reports online

From the Alberta Conservation Association:

Three new Alberta Wildlife Status Reports are now available online: Status of the Canada Warbler in Alberta, Status of the Chestnut-collared Longspur in Alberta, and Status of the Brassy Minnow in Alberta.  You can view and download these reports from Alberta Conservation Association’s website, or Alberta Environment and Parks’ species at risk website.

Alberta Wildlife Status Reports are published and distributed by Alberta Conservation Association and Alberta Environment and Parks (until recently Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development). Status reports provide detailed and current information that is useful for managing wildlife populations and their habitats in Alberta.  As well, these reports are used by Alberta’s Endangered Species Conservation Committee for identifying species that may be formally designated as Endangered or Threatened under Alberta’s Wildlife Act.

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Endangered Sage-grouse numbers on the rise in Alberta and Saskatchewan

Federal emergency order helping endangered prairie bird populations recover

CALGARY — Canada’s endangered Greater Sage-grouse populations are on the rebound and conservation groups are cautiously optimistic about the increased numbers. Credited with the increase are climatic factors and, as an outcome of the federal emergency protection order, increased attention to remedying this majestic bird's plight.

In 2014, there were thought to be only 14 males remaining in Alberta, with the total provincial population estimated at approximately 30 birds. Only six males were counted at active breeding grounds or ‘leks’ in Saskatchewan.

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CPAWS Supports Government Announcement on Increased Enforcement on Public Lands

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) – Southern Alberta chapter applauds today’s Government of Alberta announcement of increased enforcement on the eastern slopes.

CPAWS Southern Alberta believes that the province is big enough for a diversity of recreational opportunities. However, when the rule is “anything goes,” there will soon be nothing left. The wrong kinds of activities in the wrong places lead to displacement of wildlife, degraded waterways, damaged habitat and conflicts between people. Read more about CPAWS Supports Government Announcement on Increased Enforcement on Public Lands

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CPAWS Alberta chapters welcome newly elected government

The southern and northern Alberta chapters of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) congratulate premier-elect Rachel Notley on her party’s recent election victory in Alberta. The chapters look forward to the opportunity to work with the new government on conservation and environmental protection in the province.

We support the commitments to expand Alberta’s network of parks and protected areas, protect habitat for species like caribou and grizzlies and establish the Castle Special Place as a protected Wildland Park. Read more about CPAWS Alberta chapters welcome newly elected government

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Conservation groups welcome new government opportunity

Conservation Groups Welcome the Opportunity to Protect the Castle Special Place

Conservation groups that have been working for decades to protect the most ecologically important area in south-western Alberta, the Castle, look forward to working with the newly elected Alberta government to fulfill their environmental promise of protecting the entire region as a Wildland Park. Read more about Conservation groups welcome new government opportunity

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Oil and Gas Development Transforming North American Landscapes

Accelerated drilling activity is transforming significant portions of North America's natural landscapes. University of Montana scientists recently released the first broad-scale evaluation of oil and gas industry impacts on landscapes across the U.S. and Canada, including Alberta.

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is renewing its call for development limits in sensitive forest and grassland ecosystems and for expanded protected areas networks. Read more about Oil and Gas Development Transforming North American Landscapes

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