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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.”

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We have spectacular wilderness in Alberta, much of it under some form of protection. Every square millimetre of it has had to be fought for - will always have to be fought for, forever and ever. The struggle to retain and repair wilderness is conducted not just by a few individuals, but by large numbers of committed people, from all walks of life, all working in various ways toward the same end. We need to be grateful to all of them.
- Dave Mayhood
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