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Alberta Wilderness Association is the oldest wilderness conservation group in Alberta (since 1965), and has a proven history of being an effective, credible, and independent advocate for wildlands, wildwater, and wildlife.

Sponsored by the Alberta Wilderness and Wildlife Trust, the Martha Kostuch Annual Wilderness and Wildlife Lecture is an opportunity to present the ideas of researchers in a field related to conservation of wilderness. AWA invites speakers for our Martha Kostuch Annual Wilderness and Wildlife Lecture, to challenge AWA to seek new directions and ways to increase its effectiveness.

AWA is proud to present these lectures in pursuit of its mission “Defending Wild Alberta through Awareness and Action.”

Martha Kostuch

Martha Kostuch

An expert in consensus-based decision making her work helped join groups that traditionally might not have worked together. She sought ways to make the system work so we could move forward. Kostuch was a “feisty, fine woman, who never hesitated to speak her mind.” When she recognized things weren’t right, she would fight very hard, tirelessly; to make sure that there was a change and that it would be better for all of us. Kostuch, who died April 23, 2008, was a national leader, an Alberta Wilderness Defender and a woman who leaves a vital legacy. AWA has honoured her legacy and her memory by naming our annual lecture the Martha Kostuch Annual Wilderness and Wildlife Lecture.

Past Martha Kostuch Wilderness and Wildlife Lecturers:

  • Chris Turner
  • Ray Rasmussen
  • Sid Marty
  • Ted Morton
  • Lorraine Mitchelmore
  • Lorne Fitch
  • Bob Scammell
  • Peter Lee
  • Richard Secord
  • Mike McIvor
  • Ian Urquhart
  • Bill Donahue
  • Jim Butler
  • Valerius Geist
  • Charlie Russell
  • Thomas Power
  • David Schindler

November 24, 2017

Chris Turner Imagines the Future: Climate Change, Conservation, and Citites

March 2018 Wild Lands Advocate article by: Ian Urquhart Click here for a pdf version of the…

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November 18, 2016

Walking in Willmore: Ray Rasmussen’s Martha Kostuch Annual Lecture

June 2017 Wildlands Advocate article, by Ian Urquhart I first met Ray Rasmussen in 1988 nearly 30…

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November 17, 2015

Banned in Alberta and Other Tales from the Conservation Trenches

February 2016 Wild Lands Advocate article by Ian Urquhart Brilliant, inspiring artists are one of…

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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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