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Failing Grade for the Draft Grizzly Recovery Plan

August 1, 2016

August 2016 Wildlands Advocate article, by Joanna Skrajny.

The Alberta Government has received its own failing grade from AWA on the draft Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan, which it released as summer began.  The 2008 Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan expired in 2013 – and despite expectations that it would be renewed at the end of 2013 (or early 2014) with only minor changes, the government decided to under-take a complete rewrite. Three years later, on June 1, 2016, the Government of Alberta finally released its draft Recovery Plan with the basic premise of “if other places are doing a great job, why should we do anything?”

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When citizens and their representatives in government fail to place a high value on wilderness as a resource in itself, then its disappearance – especially in reasonably accessible locations – is swift and certain.
- Bruce M. Litteljohn and Douglas H. Pimlott, “Why Wilderness?”, 1971
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