Wilderness & Parks

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

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?

Night Out on the North Saskatchewan

Sep 22 2018 (All day)

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

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

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

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

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

Canada’s failure to protect Wood Buffalo National Park to be raised at UNESCO meeting

As UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee convenes this week for its annual meeting in Manama, Bahrain, Indigenous and environmental groups are calling on Canada to do more to protect its largest park, Wood Buffalo National Park.

Members of Mikisew Cree First Nation are in Bahrain to present to World Heritage Committee members. They will urge Canada to implement all seventeen of the Committee’s recommendations to ensure protection of Wood Buffalo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Read more about Canada’s failure to protect Wood Buffalo National Park to be raised at UNESCO meeting

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