Wilderness & Parks

Media Release

Broad-based group of Canadians demands a stop to commercialization of Canada's national parks

BANFF, AB —Today a diverse group of Canadians with a deep concern for the well-being of our national parks gathered in Banff to call for an end to inappropriate commercialization of Canada’s national parks.

Recent commercial projects in Banff and Jasper National Parks have privatized public spaces and threatened the very framework that controls development in our parks. Read more about Broad-based group of Canadians demands a stop to commercialization of Canada's national parks

Event

Autumn Splendor: An AWA Celebration in the Snow Valley

Oct 25 2015 (All day)

From the AWA website:

Join us for a Fabulous Chicken Bar-be-que in the Fall Coloured Snow Valley to Celebrate AWA’s 50th Anniversary!

There will be Food, Entertainment, Mingling, Updates from AWA Board Members, Auction and Raffle Fun!

Come Celebrate with New Friends and Old!

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Location

Snow Valley Ski Club (13204 45 Avenue NW)
Edmonton , AB
Event

Wild West Gala: A Celebration of Wildlife and Wild Spaces in Alberta

Sep 26 2015 (All day)

From the AWA website:

The 27th annual Wild West Gala is a celebration of AWA’s 50th anniversary. This is the best foot-stompin’, fun-lovin’ great-eats-and-fine-wine evening of the season. There’s plenty to celebrate after 50 years of conservation and it is a great time to meet new friends and old.

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Location

Red and White Club (1833 Crowchild Trail NW)
Calgary , AB
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New report highlights major commercial development threat to Canada’s national parks

From the CPAWS Northern Alberta Chapter website:

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A new report released today by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) finds that Canada’s national parks are under serious threat from growing commercial development pressures, particularly in Banff and Jasper.

The report describes a list of recent developments that, together, threaten the natural values national parks are intended to protect. These include the recent rushed approval of a massive expansion of the Lake Louise Ski Resort in Banff, construction of the Glacier Skywalk and a proposed Maligne Lake resort development in Jasper, and a proposal to build a giant seven story statue in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, among others.

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Call for Input

Public Comment Period: Enhancing the Protection of the Castle area

Initiative: 
Enhancing the Protection of the Castle area
Deadline: 
5 Oct 2015

From the Alberta Parks website:

The Castle area is one of the most biologically diverse areas in Alberta with over 200 rare or at-risk species, including wolverine and grizzly bear. The area has a history of multiple uses including commercial forestry, grazing, oil and gas development as well as tourism development and recreational uses.

The Government of Alberta is committed to enhancing protection of the Castle Special Management Area. To achieve this, government will amend the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan to designate the Castle area under Parks’ legislation. The Government of Alberta is therefore proceeding with a public comment period on the following plan:

  1. Expansion of the Castle Wildland Provincial Park;
  2. Creation of a Provincial Park

The enhanced protection of the Castle area will allow us to focus on stewardship, protecting and enhancing biodiversity, and promoting the area as an outdoor destination for all Albertans.

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Media Release

New Protected Area to Protect Water, Create Jobs

Blairmore, Alberta. Albertans today are celebrating the long-awaited creation of two new protected areas in Alberta. After more than 40 years of pressure from local business, advocates and community members, the remainder of the Castle Special Place has been protected as a Provincial Park and Wildland Provincial Park, completing the protection of ~1000 km2 region. Read more about New Protected Area to Protect Water, Create Jobs

Media Release

Govenlock PFRA Pasture a Significant Step towards Prairie Conservation

David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills-Grasslands, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, announced on July 29, 2015 that the Govenlock Community Pasture will be transferred from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to Environment Canada, conserving this grassland ecosystem and habitat for species at risk. Read more about Govenlock PFRA Pasture a Significant Step towards Prairie Conservation

Media Release

Environmental Enforcement Positions Good News for Headwaters

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is greatly encouraged by today's announcement by the Alberta government that 23 new environmental enforcement positions are being established to patrol Alberta's Eastern Slopes and other backcountry areas. The hirings follow several years of sparse presence on the ground by officers and widespread damage to streams and river beds in Alberta's headwaters. Read more about Environmental Enforcement Positions Good News for Headwaters

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