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AWA Summer Hikes

June 1, 2019

Wild Lands Advocate article by: Nissa Petterson, AWA Conservation Specialist

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If you are looking for a way to explore some new territory, enjoy the outdoors with like-minded people, or learn more about Alberta’s wilderness, then AWA’s hiking program is definitely for you! Every spring and summer, AWA organizes a series of hikes throughout the central and southern parts of our province. Our goal? To offer members and potential members an opportunity to get their boots on the ground and to promote active, healthy lifestyle choices. AWA’s hikes program is also an opportunity to observe the diversity and uniqueness of the landscapes that surround and support most of our communities. Our hikes program is made possible through the help of many dedicated volunteers who guide and offer their expertise and knowledge about the wild spaces we explore. AWA hopes that through our hikes program we can educate Albertans about the importance of our wilderness, and identify/understand the conservation challenges we face. AWA’s 2019 hike season is already in progress, and was kick-started with an exploration with naturalist Gus Yaki of Calgary’s natural gem – Nose Hill Park. We hope to keep the great momentum going all spring and summer long: June will be full of beautiful wildflowers as AWA volunteers Vivian Pharis and Nick Pink guide us through the Porcupine Hills and the Whaleback respectively. AWA will also be making a stewardship trip to Plateau Mountain in late June. In July Heinz Unger will be taking us on an exploration of Ram ridge in Bighorn country. There is no need to worry if your summer is already booked up, because AWA plans to be hiking well into September. Keep an eye on our events page and social media throughout the summer for more details… you won’t want to miss out!

With rare exception cattle ranchers have been the best of guardians of the land entrusted to them. May we continue to be conscientious caretakers of this precious resource and hand it on to another generation unspoiled.
- Gerald Brewin, Rancher in the Taber area 1929 - 2016
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