Wilderness & Parks

Thumbs-up to Wildland Park for Castle and logging it panned by adjacent residents

Calgary & Lethbridge: A “vast majority” of residents living around the Castle Special Place favor creation of a Wildland Park there and oppose logging inside it, a new survey by The Praxis Group of Calgary shows. The Castle, technically called the Castle Special Management Area and one of the province's 81 designated Special Place protected areas, is located between Waterton Lakes National Park and the Crowsnest Pass, within Alberta’s portion of the international Crown of the Continent ecosystem and geotourism area.  Read more about Thumbs-up to Wildland Park for Castle and logging it panned by adjacent residents

Southern land-use plan falls short of public expectations on Castle protection

Lethbridge — South Saskatchewan Regional Advisory Council (RAC) recommendations to continue development on land also identified as conservation management areas doesn’t go far enough to protect the Castle Special Place, says a spokesman for the group that submitted a 2009 proposal to the Alberta government.  The Castle Special Place Working Group recommended increasing the Castle’s protection to the level of Alberta’s other “Special Place” protected areas. Read more about Southern land-use plan falls short of public expectations on Castle protection

20th Annual Climb & Run for Wilderness

Apr 16 2011 - 6:00am

Climb and Run for Wilderness is Alberta Wilderness Association's annual Earth Day event at the Calgary Tower. This event provides you the unique opportunity to climb the 802 stairs inside the Calgary Tower. The day is filled with entertainment, including an outstanding Wild Alberta Expo where you can learn more about Alberta's wilderness, wildlife and wild waters. You will have a terrific time and be eligible for outstanding prizes. Read more about 20th Annual Climb & Run for Wilderness

Location

Calgary Tower
Calgary , AB

New findings prompt call that Alberta Government make good on having failed the Castle Special Place

Calgary:  The tools the Alberta Government has used since 1998 to protect the Castle Special Place in the southwest corner of Alberta – a Forest Land Use Zone, the Castle Access Management Plan and “special management” – are now documented in a new study by Global Forest Watch Canada as an utter failure observes the Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition, Sierra Club Canada and Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Southern Alberta Chapter.  Global Forest Watch Canada’s study was released today, complete with photographs on the accumulated density of linear disturbances (roads, seismic lines, truck trails, etc.) that are de facto open to motorized use in the Castle.  It provides one more reason why commercial logging should not go ahead there and gives the scientific evidence for what outdoor enthusiasts and conservation groups alike have been pointing to for years – that the Castle is being degraded and it isn’t managed in a sustainable manner.   Read more about New findings prompt call that Alberta Government make good on having failed the Castle Special Place

Get Engaged with Your Parks - A Stimulating Evening with Park Experts

Mar 10 2011 - 2:00am to 4:00am

Cost: Free

The Southern Alberta chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS SAB) would like to invite you to an exciting evening in Calgary with park experts as we discuss and celebrate the CPAWS SAB chapter's video, "Parks and Protected Areas: A Simple Solution to our Complex Problems." CPAWS SAB worked ardently with local volunteers to create a short video about our parks, grizzly bear recovery, and climate change.

We have invited local experts Chris Manderson (Natural Area Management Lead, City of Calgary, Parks), Jim Stomp (Site Manager - Fish Creek District Alberta Tourism, Parks, Recreation and Culture), and Dave Poulton (Environmental Consultant, Environmental Strategies) to discuss with YOU the role of parks and protected areas in our human and wilderness communities. Read more about Get Engaged with Your Parks - A Stimulating Evening with Park Experts

Location

The Plaza Theatre
1133 Kensington Road NW
Calgary , AB

Workshop - More Parks Now, Not Bill 29

Mar 3 2011 - 2:00am to 4:30am

Tourism, Parks & Recreation Minister is still determined to get Bill 29 passed. She will be undertaking some form of outreach or consultation on Bill 29 during this summer (see notes for form-letter MLAs are sending in reply to letters from citizens). Lets continue to work together to set the agenda in favour of more parks and their legislative protection before summer.

Workshop

If you cannot come or weren't at the prior workshops, please contact Kristin or Dianne (info at end), so you receive the earlier information. Read more about Workshop - More Parks Now, Not Bill 29

Location

Calgary Area Outdoor Council, 2nd Floor
1111 Memorial Drive NW
Calgary , AB

Minister’s decision to withdraw Bill 29: an encouraging step for Alberta’s Parks & Protected Areas

(Calgary, AB) The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is applauding Cindy Ady, Minister of Parks Recreation and Tourism, for withdrawing the new Provincial Parks Act (Bill 29) from the spring session of legislature. Since November, thousands of Albertans and Canadians have written the Minister stating strong concerns with the Bill and its potential impact on Alberta’s most precious protected areas. Read more about Minister’s decision to withdraw Bill 29: an encouraging step for Alberta’s Parks & Protected Areas

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