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Sixteen Years after Being “Protected” Rumsey Natural Area Sees a Halt to New Oil and Gas Access

October 31, 2012

Wild Lands Advocate article, October 2012, by Nigel Douglas. Alberta Energy has now prohibited all surface access in Rumsey Natural Area for new petroleum and natural gas agreements. AWA has been fighting for meaningful protection in Rumsey for decades and after sixteen years of being designated as a Natural Area, this long overdue step is celebrated.

“Rumsey is a mosaic of trembling aspen woodland, grassland, and wetland habitats. Its biological significance lies mainly in the variety, quality, and extent of representative natural habitats.”

The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need – if only we had the eyes to see.
- Edward Abbey
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