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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.

Wilderness exists where large areas are characterized by the dominance of natural processes, the presence of the full complement of plant and animal communities characteristic of the region, and the absence of human constraints on nature. Our vision for Alberta is to have a comprehensive system of protected wild areas and engage all Albertans in decision-making processes, policies and laws that recognize the value of nature for its own sake.

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.

Athabasca University maintains a portal with links to environmental organizations that Martha belonged to or news that she would have been interested in.

February 1, 2016

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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October 31, 2015

Legislating Conservation: Challenges and Opportunities

I know…this report on Dr. Ted Morton’s November 2014 Martha Kostuch Lecture was almost as…

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July 31, 2015

The Inside Scoop: Looking Back at the 2014 Martha Kostuch Lecture

I know…this report on Dr. Ted Morton’s November 2014 Martha Kostuch Lecture was almost as…

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