2011-09-19 AWA News Release: Moratorium on Motorized Access Necessary For Grizzly Survival
Industrial public motorized access routes in grizzly bear habitat greatly exceed thresholds recommended in the Alberta government's official Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan.
This issue is so critical that several Alberta Conservation organizations are calling for an immediate moratorium on new roads.
"The government's management of access routes is so flawed that the goals of the Recovery Plan are unachievable without a completely new approach to road and motorized trail approvals," says Nigel Douglas, Conservation Specialist with Alberta Wilderness Association. "In the meantime, if we are serious about grizzly bear recovery, the only responsible action is to halt new road and trail building until thresholds defined in the Recovery Plan are met."