The Chinchaga is a large foothills area in northwestern Alberta, much of which has already been significantly impacted by industry. The Chinchaga was recommended by the Alberta Government as the single best place for a large protected area in Alberta's Foothills Natural Region but only protected 800 km2 under Special places. AWA is seeking Wildland Park protection for 6,500 km2 of the Chinchaga.
AWA is seeking Wildland Park protection for 6,500 km2 of the Chinchaga.
- The Alberta Government's own studies identified the Chinchaga as the "single best place for a large protected area in Alberta's Foothills Natural Region". However, in 1999 only 800 km2 of the Chinchaga was protected, an area too small to conserve biological diversity.
- AWA is seeking protection of a larger area of 6,500 km2 which still remains relatively free of industrial disturbance.
- The larger area can serve as an ecological benchmark that scientists can sue to compare human to natural disturbances. The smaller protected area could conceivably be destroyed in a single forest fire.
- Implement the CAPP-ENGO agreement to phase out oil and gas dispositions.
- Phase out existing timber dispositions.
- Non further fragmentation of habitat through roads, clearcut logging and pipeline development.