A sample letter to Prime Minister Harper regarding the closure of the Onefour Research Farm, part of plans the federal government has announced. The current federal lease for the research farm operations do not expire for some time, however the federal government may choose to surrender the lease back to the province of Alberta at any time. AWA believes the announcement, the time we have before the lease expires and the pending South Saskatchewan Regional Plan provide both threats and opportunities for conservation of this vastly important native prairie grassland.
A sample letter to Alberta Premier Redford regarding the closure of the Onefour Research Farm, part of plans the federal government has announced. The current federal lease for the research farm operations do not expire for some time, however the federal government may choose to surrender the lease back to the province of Alberta at any time. AWA believes the announcement, the time we have before the lease expires and the pending South Saskatchewan Regional Plan provide both threats and opportunities for conservation of this vastly important native prairie grassland.
The federal government recently announced its plan to close the Onefour Research Station in southeastern Alberta. Onefour is home to at least 23 federally listed species at risk. We need your help to convince the federal and provincial governments to designate protection for Onefour as either a National Wildlife Area or provincial Heritage Rangeland Natural Area. Please take a moment to ask the Prime Minister and Premier to ensure that the Onefour Research Farm receives protected area status.
2013-06-11 AWA Wilderness & Wildlife Defenders: Help shine a light on more clearcutting in Alberta’s forests
Dear Wilderness Defender: AWA is asking you to help shine a light on a “science experiment” proposed for the headwaters of Alberta’s Castle that AWA believes to be misguided. The purpose behind the project is to conduct “research on the impacts of forest management strategies on watershed values in the eastern slopes headwaters region.” Simply put, the plan is to clearcut the slopes, while measuring water volumes in the creek to see whether this causes runoff levels to increase, in essence “creating” water.
‘White-nose syndrome’ is decimating North America’s bat populations in eastern Canada and the US; it may spread to over a million Alberta bats in just a few years. To obtain the critical research and habitat protection needed to stop this epidemic and save these bat populations, your voice is needed. Please write a note asking Environment Minister Peter Kent to act on scientists’ urgent recommendations made over a year ago to designate three hibernating bat species as Endangered.
2013-05-24 AWA Wilderness & Wildlife Defenders: Thanks and Next Steps Needed for Little Smoky Caribou
You have made a difference! In early May, the Alberta government deferred new mineral rights sales in the Little Smoky and A La Peche caribou ranges north of Jasper Park! Please take a minute to thank Ministers McQueen and Hughes and press them for the next on-the-ground habitat steps needed for these caribou to survive.
With the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP) draft being due out sometime later this year, we ask you to take a few minutes out of your day to let the government know how much you value Alberta's wildlands, wild life and wild waters. Please help provide an alternative to those voices clamouring for motorized recreation in our forests and headwaters.
Decisions on Alberta’s wolf population are now being made by local authorities, and by hunting groups with funding from foreign special interest groups. And the Alberta government seems unwilling, or unable, to do anything to intervene.
2013-02-06 AWA Wilderness & Wildlife Defenders: Request AB Energy Minister Defer New Leases in Threatened Little Smoky Caribou Range
In violation of Alberta’s 2011 woodland caribou policy that places an immediate priority on maintaining caribou habitat, Alberta Energy plans auctions of new oil and gas leases within the Little Smoky caribou range in west central Alberta on February 7, March 7 and April 25, 2013. Please take a moment to write Energy Minister Ken Hughes to request these lease sales be deferred until habitat can be restored for the Little Smoky caribou population, which is at imminent risk of local extinction.
2013-01-02 AWA Wilderness & Wildlife Defenders: Mt. Norquay Proposal to Break Banff Park Wildlife Assurances
The federal government is seeking public comments until January 4 on a proposed plan to allow summer chair lift operations and tourism into what is now secure grizzly habitat in Banff National Park. We hope you will take a moment to ask decision makers to protect Banff Park wildlife and keep this important summer wildlife habitat secure, as was promised as part of a previous expansion of the ski hill’s footprint.