Defending Wild Alberta through Awareness and Action
Our website provides awareness of Alberta's natural spaces and the need for action to protect our wildlife, wild lands, and wild waters for future generations.
2013-04-04 Better Cumulative Effects Assessment Needed for BC Hydro's Proposed Site C Peace River Dam
AWA comments on the adequacy of BC Hydro's environmental impact statement for its proposed Site C Dam on the Peace River in northeastern BC. AWA calls for more rigorous cumulative effects assessment of regional habitat for wide-ranging carnivores and caribou, and of aquatic ecosystem effects downstream to the Peace-Athabasca Delta.
An open letter to Alberta ESRD Minister Diana McQueen asking for more disclosure on the just-announced 3-day release of acutely lethal water from a Suncor wastewater pond into the Athabasca River that occurred March 2011, as well as the March 26, 2013 10-hour overflow of water from the same pond into the Athabasca River. The letter is signed by 44 organizations including Alberta Wilderness Association.
Extract from the federal Canada Gazette, designated Alberta's population of Westslope cutthroat trout an endangered species under the federal Species at Risk Act.
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.
Decisions on Alberta’s wolf population are being made by local authorities with public funds and hunting groups with funding from foreign special interest groups, and the Alberta government seems unwilling, or unable, to do anything to intervene. Details revealed in a recent Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) application made by Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) point to outdated and inappropriate wildlife policy and legislation in Alberta.
Letter from AWA to Environment Canada, opposing a proposed new hunt for sandhill cranes in Alberta.
The Alberta government is selling new petroleum and natural gas lease sales in five threatened caribou range areas in March 2013, including in an auction that closes today, despite already unacceptably high industrial disturbance of caribou habitat in those areas. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) calls on the Alberta government to cease new surface leasing and new disturbance permits in Alberta caribou ranges and to make good on its promises to maintain and restore caribou habitat.
Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (AESRD) released part of the 2012 Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) test results on Feb 8, 2013.
2013-03-19 ENGO News Release: Conservation groups challenge secrecy around endangered Greater Sage-grouse
The Minister of Environment has a mandatory duty under the Species at Risk Act to protect Canada’s endangered Greater sage-grouse and cannot use a claim of Cabinet confidence to eliminate court supervision of ministers’ actions under federal law, Ecojustice will tell the Federal Court of Appeal this afternoon.
Certain municipalities and hunting groups in Alberta pay a "bounty" for wolves killed within their borders, despite the fact that there is no scientific justification for doing so. Funding for some programs comes from a Wyoming-based hunting group, the Wild Sheep Foundation.