Wildlife Protection

First Nations, environmental groups launch lawsuit to protect at-risk boreal caribou

CALGARY — Ecojustice lawyers, acting on behalf of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Mikisew Cree First Nation, Alberta Wilderness Association and David Suzuki Foundation, have filed a lawsuit against the federal minister of environment and climate change for her failure to protect the critical habitat of five boreal caribou herds in northeastern Alberta.

Populations of boreal caribou, the species famously depicted on the tail-side of the Canadian quarter, are in decline across the country, largely due to widespread loss and fragmentation of their habitat. Read More

A Strong Majority of Albertans Support the Bighorn Country Proposal

EDMONTON – A new public opinion survey shows the vast majority of Albertans support greater conservation in the Bighorn region of the Rocky Mountains west of Nordegg.

The Government of Alberta is currently consulting on a proposal for a new network of parks and public land in west-central Alberta called Bighorn Country. Bighorn Country includes a wildland provincial park, three provincial parks, four public recreation areas and two Public Land Use Zones. Read More

Biodiversity Stewardship Area Proposal South of Wood Buffalo National Park Welcome

Today the Alberta government proposed permanent protection of a significant area of lands south of Wood Buffalo National Park that are important for wildlife and Indigenous communities. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) welcomes this proposal and the associated public consultation process. Read More

AWA Welcomes Bighorn Country

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The Bighorn Trail in the Blackstone-Wapiabi. Photo © AWA Files

The Bighorn Trail in the Blackstone-Wapiabi. Photo © AWA Files

Today’s announcement proposing Bighorn Country offers a significant opportunity for careful, well reasoned management for this world class wilderness area. Read More

Alberta Conservationists Applaud Bighorn Wildland Park Designation

EDMONTON – Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Northern and Southern Alberta chapters along with Paddle Alberta celebrate the announcement that the Government of Alberta intends to create a new park system that includes a large wildland provincial park. Read More

Alberta Caribou Habitat Solutions Urgent on Eve of Federal Deadline

On the eve of a deadline for a federal update on woodland caribou habitat protection, and a major caribou scientific conference, Alberta is still without plans to reach minimum habitat requirements for its threatened woodland caribou populations. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) strongly urges the Alberta government to adopt the solutions that have been identified to both recover caribou and provide community economic benefits. Read More

World Animal Day

Oct 24 2018 - 6:15pm

Calling all animal lovers! Come celebrate WORLD ANIMAL DAY 2018

On October 24, AWA will be hosting a celebration for World Animal Day! Join us for a wonderful evening of enthralling and remarkable narratives with stunning photographs by Peter Dettling and Kerri Martin to honor the creatures with whom we share the planet.

Pages Books on Kensington will be present; also, information, displays, and surprises will add to the excitement and emotion of the evening. Read More

Location

AWA Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB

Report: The Economic Impact of Restoring Woodland Caribou Habitat in the Bistcho and Yates Ranges in Northwestern Alberta

From the Alberta Wilderness Association website:

The following report by eminent natural resource economist Dr. Thomas Michael Power found that managing lands for woodland caribou recovery can grow the economy in the Bistcho-Yates caribou range lands of northwest Alberta. The October 2018 report was commissioned by Alberta Wilderness Association, David Suzuki Foundation and Harmony Foundation to evaluate a caribou restoration economy.

Download the full report here: Read More

Caribou recovery can grow economy in northwest Alberta’s Bistcho-Yates ranges

Managing lands for woodland caribou recovery can grow the economy in the Bistcho-Yates caribou range lands of northwest Alberta, eminent natural resource economist Dr. Thomas Michael Power found in an October 2018 report evaluating a caribou restoration economy. The report was commissioned by Alberta Wilderness Association, David Suzuki Foundation and Harmony Foundation. Read More

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