Wilderness & Parks

Call for Input

Proposal to Reclassify and Expand Twin River Heritage Rangeland Natural Area

Initiative: 
Proposal to Reclassify and Expand Twin River Heritage Rangeland Natural Area
Deadline: 
31 Aug 2018

Alberta Environment and Parks is seeking input from the public and stakeholders on the proposed reclassification and expansion of the Twin River Heritage Rangeland Natural Area (Twin River HRNA). Twin River HRNA is located in southern Alberta, approximately 10 km west of the Town of Milk River and currently protects over 19,000 hectares (47,000 acres) of grassland within the Milk River Ridge.  Read more about Proposal to Reclassify and Expand Twin River Heritage Rangeland Natural Area

Media Release

Alberta Moves on Protection for Native Grasslands in Milk River Ridge

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Milk River Ridge Grassland Photo
Milk River Ridge Grassland. Photo: Alberta Wilderness Association

Yesterday, the Alberta government released a proposal to expand the Twin River Heritage Rangeland Natural Area in order to protect a significant piece of Alberta’s endangered grasslands. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is relieved to finally see concrete steps towards protection of a critical piece of Alberta’s native grasslands, which has been on government books awaiting protection for years. AWA remains concerned about ongoing potential threats to this landscape from oil and gas exploration. Read more about Alberta Moves on Protection for Native Grasslands in Milk River Ridge

Media Release

Public Lands: The Next Target for Alberta’s Renewable Energy Land Rush?

Will the Government of Alberta allow industrial scale wind and solar farms on public lands? Since early June Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) has posed this question several times to the provincial government. AWA is still waiting for an answer.

The dramatic expansion of big wind and big solar projects now underway must not take place at the expense of our threatened native grasslands, parklands, and foothills. AWA believes Alberta needs a public lands policy that explicitly addresses the renewable energy sector. Read more about Public Lands: The Next Target for Alberta’s Renewable Energy Land Rush?

Event

Night Out on the North Saskatchewan

Sep 22 2018 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Edmonton's beautiful North Saskatchewan River Valley is the longest contiguous urban green space in North America! Celebrate the Wonder and the History hidden in our Edmonton gem! Read more about Night Out on the North Saskatchewan

Location

Beverly Heights Community Hall
4209 111 Avenue NW
T5W 0K3 Edmonton , AB
Event

AWA Hike: Fall Whaleback

Sep 22 2018 (All day)

With AWA Volunteer Nick Pink, and Conservation Specialists Nissa Petterson and Grace Wark

The Whaleback is one of the most spectacular Montane landscapes and boasts incredible diversity.

Cost: $25 AWA Members/ $50 Non-members
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: Gentle
Estimated duration of hike: 8 hours including a lovely lunch break

Meeting point details distributed the week before to registered hikers Read more about AWA Hike: Fall Whaleback

Location

The Whaleback , AB
Event

AWA Hike: Sandhills and Horse Lake

Sep 21 2018 (All day)

With Heinz Unger and AWA Conservation Specialist, Joanna Skrajny

A full day hike in the Ghost River Forest reserve west of Calgary.

After hiking through a partially cleared forest, the “Sandhills” are reached. They are a unique feature in the foothills ridges with some areas covered by bare sand only. Further beyond are extensive wetlands and a small lake in an area frequented by wild horses. Read more about AWA Hike: Sandhills and Horse Lake

Location

Ghost River Forest Reserve , AB
Media Release

Annual Parks Report Outlines Roadmap for Meeting Land and Freshwater Protection Targets in Alberta and Across Canada

EDMONTON – Today the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) released its annual Parks Report, What’s Next: Parks and Protected Areas to 2020 and Beyond, which recommends how governments in Canada – federal, provincial, territorial, and Indigenous – can work together to achieve our international commitment to protect at least 17% of our landscape by 2020. This would almost double our current protected areas and would be a step towards the longer-term work needed to reverse the catastrophic and ongoing decline in biodiversity. Canada has the biggest opportunity in a generation to protect nature – and this report provides a roadmap for action. Read more about Annual Parks Report Outlines Roadmap for Meeting Land and Freshwater Protection Targets in Alberta and Across Canada

Action Alert

Preserve Edmonton's river valley from industry - stop Epcor's solar power plant

Sign THE petition!

If you support solar – but not in the river valley, call or email your city councilor and the mayor to let them know. Want to do more? Contact ERVCC to find out how you can lend a hand to our campaign. Still more? Attend and speak at the public hearing on the rezoning (date TBC) this spring. Read more about Preserve Edmonton's river valley from industry - stop Epcor's solar power plant

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