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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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More logging appeared imminent because vandalized landscapes, just like homes with broken windows, tend to invite more abuse.” Andrew Nikiforuk. This tells it all, whether oil and gas, logging, OHVs etc. already exist, then it seems governments are gung ho to keep going and open it all up to more activity and abuse. . . and why we need AWA more than ever.
- Cliff Wallis
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