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Prairie Conservation Forum

August 12, 2015

Wild Lands Advocate update, April 2015, by Brittany Verbeek

There are many threats facing native prairie and parkland ecosystems. Less than one percent of Alberta’s grasslands is legislatively protected. Therefore the government essentially has delegated the responsibility to be good land stewards to private landowners and public leaseholders. There are many stakeholder groups across southern Alberta that are concerned with the security of native prairie and parkland. These groups are using a common platform called the Prairie Conservation Forum (PCF) to share information, collaborate on projects, and promote conservation through education and stewardship. The PCF has grown over the last three decades and now comprises over 50 member organizations. Its membership spans from government and industry to academia and environmental groups (including AWA).

A healthy relationship to the wilderness is not in the least incompatible with civilized living. Indeed, I believe it to be an indispensable condition thereof; that no man is truly civilized unless he is involved in and cares for the wilderness.
- Ashley Montagu, 1969
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