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September 17, 2012

Wild Lands Advocate article, August 2012, by Nigel Douglas. Douglas relates a field trip he made through southwestern Alberta, where the Drywood Yarrow Conservation Partnership is looking at ways to learn to live with grizzlies and other carnivores on the landscape… and seeing positive, tangible benefits.

“The prospects for the future are best summed up by Kelly Cooley with the Cowboys and Carnivores project, a partnership between the Drywood Yarrow Conservation Partnership and Miistakis Institute: ‘The finished puzzle is a functioning ecosystem and a healthy community,’ he says. Who could ask for anything more than that?”

No public hearings are scheduled. Only one Alberta organization, the Alberta Wilderness Association, is independent enough that it continues championing public land and the people's right of access to it. So people must speak individually, as they have so many times before, directly to the premier, the minister of Sustainable Resource Development and their MLA, and remind them of what public land means to all of us, that none of it is surplus to our needs, that we do not want it sold.
- Bob Scammell, 2003
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