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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

December 1, 2019

Dr. Mark Boyce: Wilderness Defender

Wild Lands Advocate article by: Ian Urquhart, AWA Conservation Staff and Editor of Wild Lands…

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September 1, 2019

Jill and Basil Seaton – Jasper’s Refined Firebrands

Wild Lands Advocate article by: Vivian Pharis, AWA Board Member Emeritus Click here for a…

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November 23, 2018

Native Trout and the Need to Share: Michael Sullivan’s 2018 Martha Kostuch Annual Lecture

Wild Lands Advocate article by Ian Urquhart You can download a pdf of the article…

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