2009 News Archive
The ecological integrity of Waterton Lakes National Park looks set to suffer if a draft Management Plan for the Park is passed without changes. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is calling for changes to the draft Waterton National Park of Canada Management Plan to bring it back in line with the legally-required priority for National Parks: ecological integrity.
Caw Ridge: Two Cheers For Alberta’s Fish And Wildlife Division Initial Effects Of A Prescribed Burn In An Ecologically Significant Area, North Saskatchewan River, Alberta | In Praise Of Lakeland’s Wilderness | A Case For Protecting The Red Deer River Badlands, Alberta’s Palaeontological Treasure | Will Alberta’s Black Wolves Benefit From Climate Change? | Wolves, Fish, (Popes) And “Trophic Cascades”
Produced by Gillian Rutherford with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Nature Stories Podcast, the controversy over the number of grizzly bears in Alberta, Canada. (Duration: 19:15 - Source: http://podcast.prx.org/nature)
Rural and provincial conservation groups today distributed copies of a new provincial government recovery plan for Alberta’s endangered woodland caribou.
2009-11-24 AWA News Release: Ecological Integrity May be the Loser in New Banff Park Management Plan
The primary mandate for Banff National Park – managing to maintain the park’s ecological integrity – looks like receiving short thrift if a proposed new management plan goes ahead unchanged. Instead, a shift towards maximizing the “visitor experience” receives a much higher profile throughout the new draft plan.
News Release Date: November 21, 2009
The recent Energy Resource Conservation Board (ERCB) decision to suspend approval of future sour gas projects in Alberta raises important questions around who is, or should be, considered as “directly affected” by energy proposals.
If the quality of our environment in Southern Alberta is to be maintained in future, then the province’s South Saskatchewan Regional Plan will have to make some hard choices in determining limits and thresholds to human activity. This is the principal finding in a new Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) report released today.
The Government’s View Of Alberta’s Land-Use Legislation | Alberta’s Changing Land-Use Planning System | Initial Thoughts About The Land-Use Framework | Private Protection – Options For Protecting Private Land | What’s New In The Tool Box: Private Land Conservation Programs In Alberta | Outside Threats To The Ecological Integrity Of Waterton-Glacier | Alberta Land Assembly Project Area ACT Jeopardizes Land-Use Framework | Headwaters Management – Front-Line Perspectives
Feature Interview by CBC - Donna McElligott Cliff Wallis, of the Alberta Wilderness Association, says the province must investigate and lay charges in the case of the Conklin bears, shot because they were habituated at the local garbage dump.
Alberta environmentalists are hoping that the Alberta government will resist concerted lobbying efforts to introduce a spring grizzly bear hunt. Rather the government should heed the advice of its own scientists, who have consistently emphasized that such a hunt would not be sustainable.
Sadly, twelve fine black bears were sacrificed by Fish and Wildlife officials at Conklin earlier this week because of the carelessness of humans. AWA is calling for an independent investigation of the incident and for charges to be laid if negligence is found related to the improper fencing and the feeding of bears by local residents. AWA is also asking for information as to whether this is a unique or more commonplace occurrence in the bear country of rural Alberta. Black Bears Sacrificed at Conklin, Alberta.
Why? How? Thinking About Protected Areas | Protected Areas in Alberta – How Much is Enough? | A Grand Opportunity for Alberta Boreal Forest Protection | Demonstrating the Imperative for Protection: AWA in the Bighorn | Sage-grouse Court Victory a Major Step for Endangered Species Recovery | Caribou and Wolves Imperiled by Government Impotence
Precedent-setting decision gives Canada’s endangered sage-grouse and other species at risk a chance at recovery
Government has no excuse for ignoring habitat of well-studied Prairie bird, groups say