Wilderness & Parks

AWA Tuesday Talk: Beautiful Bighorn - Can we afford to leave it unprotected?

With Vivian PharisThe Bighorn's 5,000 km2 contains some of the most scenic splendour in Alberta, equal or greater than that in worldrenowned Banff and Jasper Parks. Although the area had a close brush with protection in the 1980s, it remains unprotected and vulnerable to serious human impact. Read More

Survey of the Suffield National Wildlife Area

With an area of 2,690 km2, CFB Suffield is one of the largest blocks of unplowed grassland remaining in Prairie Canada, roughly one half the size of Prince Edward Island. Undisturbed grasslands, sand hills, river breaks and wetlands are refuge to an army of plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects currently exceeding 1,100 known species, 14 of which are listed as species at risk in Canada. Read More

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Marie Lake Decision Brings Hope for McClelland Lake Fen

Alberta Wilderness Association

Release Date: September 6, 2007

Premier Stelmach's decision to halt seismic testing on Marie Lake indicates a shift in government priorities that may bode well for other lakes and wetlands on the brink of destruction. One such area is the spectacular McClelland Lake Wetland Complex north of Fort McMurray. Read More

Call for Papers: Parks for Tomorrow 2008

Parks for Tomorrow 2008 - Conference on Parks and Protected Areas
May 8-13 2008 in Calgary, Alberta Canada


Call for papers

The Departments for Geography, History, and the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary are pleased to invite paper proposals for "Canadian Parks for Tomorrow 2008". Submissions are strongly encouraged from interdisciplinary backgrounds that address conservation and management issues from different angles, including — but not limited to — geography, environmental sciences, political science, biology, sociology, history, economics and law. Read More

Boreal Market News Volume 5; Issue 8

August 23, 2007 Published by CPAWS – Northern Alberta Chapter


1. Activists & Student Leaders Challenge Sears/Lands' End to Clean Up Catalog Production or Face Nationwide Protests

Sears/Lands’ End, with catalog offerings including Sears, Land’s End and the recently acquired K-Mart, ranks among the top catalog producers in North America. Their estimated 420 million catalogs produced annually currently contain almost no recycled content and are made from trees sourced from endangered regions in the Boreal Forests of Canada including West Fraser Hinton. The activists, who came together last weekend near Chicago for a summit coordinated by ForestEthics, have vowed to launch a nationwide campaign within 30 days if Sears/Lands End doesn’t adopt responsible paper standards. Read More

Music for the Headwaters in support of the Andy Russell I’tai sah kòp Wildland Park

Hosted by: Sierra Club of Canada, Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition, Southern Alberta Community of Environmental Educators and Southern Alberta Youth for Environmental Education

Sponsored by: The Calgary Foundation, City of Lethbridge, Stepping Stone Cabins Bed & Breakfast

Friday, Sept. 14, 2007
Lethbridge University Theatre
  • James Keelaghan
  • Lesley Schatz
  • John Wort Hannam
  • Sid Marty
  • Simone Smith
Friday, Sept. 28, 2007
Calgary Orpheus Theatre at SAIT
  • Connie Kaldor
  • David Wilkie & Cowboy Celtic
  • Sid Marty
  • Simone Smith

With Grizzly Country film clips introduced by the family of Andy Russell.
Doors open 6:30 pm with Silent Auction & Displays. Concert 7:30 pm

Tickets: advance $25, at door $30 (General Admission)
https://getinvolved.sierraclub.ca/andy-russell/tickets.php Read More

9th Annual 'Capture the Wild' Photography Contest

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Calgary/Banff Chapter CPAWS would like to invite all photographers to check out our 9th Annual Capture the Wild Photography Contest. The deadline is just over 1 month away, so get snapping today! We look forward to seeing your photos! Read More

New Website Uncovers Alberta's 'Dirty Secrets'

Albertans worried about how their public resources and lands are being managed now have a way to document their concerns. The Federation of Alberta Naturalists and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Northern Alberta have been made aware of a new website that offers to post information on the destructive practices of industry in Alberta. The site is called Alberta's Dirty Secrets (http://www.albertasdirtysecret.com/) and serves as a moderated open forum for the posting of information and personal stories documenting the impacts of forestry and oil and gas activities, on the landscapes of Alberta. There are already some secrets posted — check it out. Read More


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