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Wild Lands Advocate

WLA supports wilderness conservation by increasing awareness and promoting action.  It reports timely, accurate, and useful news and perspectives about Alberta’s wilderness and AWA’s work.  The WLA is available in print and online.  The WLA tells the stories of Wild Alberta, the people involved in conservation initiatives, and the challenges facing wilderness protection.  Since its inaugural issue, the WLA has also functioned as an ongoing record of wilderness conservation issues in Alberta and of AWA’s work.

AWA uses fully Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified print shops for all of its printing and the WLA is printed on FSC certified paper that is from well managed forests, controlled sources and recycled wood or fibre.
To obtain a print copy, contact our office or e-mail the editor, Ian Urquhart. Articles may also be found in the individual archives for issues and areas.

March 2017

Volume 25, Number 1

Features

  • Why not a Castle Wilderness?
  • Could the Castle OHV Backlash Have Been Muted?
  • Species on Life Support with Proposed Permitting Policy
  • Where are Alberta Caribou Range Plans and Protected Areas?
  • The Ribbet Hypothesis
  • Species at Risk

Association News

  • Louise Guy Poetry Corner
  • 2016 Calgary Youth Science Fair Award

Updates

  • Let’s Talk Parks Canada
  • Bison hooves hit the ground in Banff National Park
  • Alberta Pipeline Spill Risk Concerns
  • Why are grizzlies getting hit by trains? Survey says…
  • Whirling Disease – Spinning in circles for much needed action
  • The $87 Million Icefields Trail – Really??

Reader’s Corner

  • Robert William Sandford, North America in the Anthropocene

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October/December 2016

Volume 24, Number 5/6

Features

  • Is There Enough “Public” in Alberta’s Public Lands?
  • Cowboy Welfare: The few exploit the many
  • The Prairie One Percent: Time to Share, Time to Invest?
  • Not in my Backyard (“NIMBY”)
  • My First Year in the Bighorn
  • In Memoriam
  • Ribbon of Brown
  • A Positive Approach to Trail Advocacy
  • First Nations’ Health and Wilderness
  • Conservation Corner: A Star By Many Other Names
  • Who Am I?: Wildlife Poetry

Association News

  • AWA Board Member Kirsten Pugh on the Climb and Run for Wilderness
  • How Many Bucks Does It Take?
  • At the Summit: Families Who Climb for AWA
  • Autumn Splendour 2016

Updates

  • Carnivores and Communities in the Waterton Biosphere Reserve
  • Pembina Climate Summit Draws Hundreds

Reader’s Corner

  • Rob Kaye, Born to the Wild: Journals of a National Park Warden in the Canadian Rockies
  • Gillean Daffern and Derek Ryder, The Great Kananaskis Flood

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August 2016

Volume 24, Number 4

Features

  • Failing Grade for Draft Grizzly Recovery Plan: D for Disaster
  • Myths about Off-Highway Vehicle Use
  • And the Facts Say…Global Forest Watch Canada on the Castle
  • Hunting a Threatened Species: Why the Hay-Zama Hunt is Good for Bison and People
  • Sage-Grouse in Alberta… are they turning the corner on extirpation?
  • Historic Woodland Caribou Draft Range Plan Released
  • Weaselhead Monitoring Project
  • Conservation Corner: The New Wildlife Paparazzi

Association News

  • Helene Walsh: 2016 AWA Wilderness Defender Award Recipient

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June 2016

Volume 24, Number 3

Features

  • Walking Among Ancient Giants: Preserving the Riches of Dinosaur Provincial Park
  • Memoral McClelland Lake Wetlands
  • Finding Wilderness in the Stars
  • Trail Rehabilitation in the Castle
  • Don’t Give Up the Ghost: An AWA Summer Hike
  • Adventurous Play in Forest School
  • Meatball, Castle, and Alberta’s “Modern Take” on Provincial Parks
  • Environmental Education: Gareth Thomson, Alberta Council for Environmental Education
  • Conservation Corner: The Boy and the Adze

Association News

  • Twenty-five Yeras and Counting: AWA’s Climb and Run for Wilderness

Updates

  • The Proposed Jasper Bicycle Trail: Mythbusters

Events

  • Summer Events

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April 2016

Volume 24, Number 2

Features

  • Wildlfire: Nature, Government, Choice
  • Alberta on Fire: A History of Cultural Burning
  • What is FireSmart?
  • Nordegg’s FireSmart Experience: A Commentary
  • National Parks: Time to Burn (for Ecological Integrity’s Sake)
  • Wildfire Damage: Towards a Broader Definition

Association News

  • Bob Blaxley – Great Gray Owl Award Winner 2016

Updates

  • Wolves
  • White-nose Syndrome
  • Bison
  • Grassy Mountain

Reader’s Corner

  • Caring for the Green Zone: Beaver – Our Watershed Partner

Events

  • Summer Hikes
  • Summer Kid’s Camp

 

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February 2016

Volume 24, Number 1

Features

  • Chronic Wasting Disease Is Out of Control
  • Beaver Hills Region: A New UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
  • Dr. James Hansen, Climate Change and the Need to Act: 1988…now
  • Eastern Slopes for Tomorrow Campaign
  • Conservation Corner: Haven’t Seen a Cougar? Well, it’s Seen You
  • Focus: Alberta’s Species-at-Risk Whitebark Pine

Association News

  • Banned in Alberta and Other Tales from the Conservation Trenches: Sid Marty’s 2015 Martha Kostuch Annual Wilderness and Wildlife Lecture
  • Autumn Splendor 2015

Reader’s Corner

  • Reader’s Corner

Events

  • Spring Events

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December 2015

Volume 23, Number 6

Features

  • Taking Action for the Ghost
  • Not Your Average Retirement Path: Studying the Natural Systems of Southern Alberta
  • Wheel Spinning: A Productive Path to Protect Native Trout?
  • Getting Ready to Go to Bat for Bats
  • Once Upon a Time in the Rockies: The Enduring Legacy ot Too Many Trails
  • Perceptions of Predatory Wildlife

Association News

  • AWA on the Road to Alberta’s Climate Plan
  • Stewardship at Plateau Mountain – AWA makes a difference
  • How Many Bucks Does it Take?
  • AWA’s 2015 Kids’ Camp
  • An Ode to Those Hostelling Years

Events

  • Winter Events

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October 2015

Volume 23, Number 5

Features

  • Thinking About Rivers
  • Close Alberta’s Borders! (to aquatic invasive species)
  • Little Smoky – Duvernay Pilot: How Close is Promised Cumulative Effects Management?
  • Two Fish, One Fish, No Fish: Alberta’s Fish Crisis
  • At the Top of Grassy Mountain
  • Species At Risk: Westslope Cutthroat Trout
  • Conservation Corner: The Leopard Frog and the Fungus
  • In Memoriam – Chris Havard

Association News

  • Sid Marty: A Man for Alberta’s Mountains
  • Gordon Petersen: Voice for the Castle River Wildland
  • On Becoming a Modern Day Rockstar

Events

  • Fall/Winter Events

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August 2015

Volume 23, Number 4

Features

  • 4,200 Kilometres to Go: The First Leg on a Journey on the Pacific Crest Trail
  • Outward Bound: Give Your Teen a Rocky Mountain High
  • Connecting Persons with a Disability to Nature: Introducing Coyote Lake Lodge
  • A Wild Dilemma: Alberta’s Feral Horse Strategy
  • A Sea of Grass: The 2015 Northern Prairie Conservation Network Meeting
  • Conservation Corner: Bones, Bats and Birds: Under the Spell of the Badlands

Association News

  • Turning 50 Never Felt So Good

Updates

  • Lakeland Park’s Backcountry Character Recognized in Camping Cabin Decision
  • Grassy Mountain Mine Proposal
  • Amisk Alberta’s Peace River Valley Faces Another Dam Threat
  • Questioning Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certification and its Certifiers
  • Trail Rebuilding Concerns in Panther Corners

Events

  • Summer / Fall Events

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June 2015

Volume 23, Number 3

Features

  • The Sky Shouldn’t Be The Limit:  Cattle in the Castle
  • Ranchers and Wolves: A Better Way
  • The Inside Scoop: Looking Back at the 2014 Martha Kostuch Lecture
  • An Ecologist’s Optimism On the Proposed Introduction of Bison to Banff National Park
  • Lessons from the Crowsnest Pass BearSmart Program
  • Between the lines: Grizzly Recovery
  • Former Senior Parks Canada Officials Speak Out Against Lake Louise Ski Area Expansion
  • Thinking Mountains: An Interdisciplinary Initiative

Association News

  • Anna Caddel… Winner of AWA’s Calgary Youth Science Fair Award
  • AWA Kids’ Camp Preview
  • Another Tremendous Success:  AWA’s 24th Annual Climb and Run For Wilderness

Wilderness Watch

  • Updates

Departments

  • Reader’s Corner

Events

  • Summer Events

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April 2015

Volume 23, Number 2

Features

  • Canada’s Greater Sage-grouse Begin their Long Road to Recovery
  • Greater Sage-grouse: The Business of Building Relationships
  • Canada’s Wildlife Act
  • Science, Uncertainty, and Ethics in the Alberta Wolf Cull
  • West Central Alberta Caribou
  • The Curious Case of the Ronald Lake Bison
  • On the Proposed Introduction of Bison to Banff National Park
  • Conservation Easement on Three Sisters Corridor
  • Focus: Alberta’s Species at Risk — Yellow-bellied Racer
  • Conservation Corner: The Amazing Flight, and Plight, of the Purple Martin

Association News

  • Bless the Children…
  • Provincial Candidates at AWA Water Forum

Wilderness Watch

  • Updates

Events

  • Summer Events

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February 2015

Volume 23, Number 1

Features

  • Giving up the Ghost?
  • Managing Recreation on Public Land: How does Alberta Compare?
  • Hummingbird to Hope: Trail Monitoring, Management and a Wildland Park in the Bighorn
  • An Impossible Dream?: Biodiversity in Alberta’s Largest Urban Centres
  • A Conservation Easement Goes to Court
  • Flying a Chequered Flag at OHV Races in the Livingstone-Porcupine

Association News

  • “Grasslands” – An Inspired Documentary Film
  • AWA’s Wilderness Around the World Series Takes Edmonton Audience on a Fascinating Tour of Namibia
  • In Memoriam: Bill Hall and Kay Wallis

Wilderness Watch

  • Updates

Events

  • Spring/summer Events

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December 2014

Volume 22, Number 6

Features

  • The Anthropocene Has Arrived
  • Shifting Ecosystems Require Shifting Priorities: Report addresses biodiversity management challenges in the face of climate change
  • Naomi Klein in Calgary
  • Climate Change: And the Surveys Say?
  • A Closer Look at Bow Basin Flood Mitigation Proposals
  • Focus: Alberta’s Species-at-risk
  • Conservation Corner: When Winter Changes

Association News

  • Wild West Gala 2014
  • Great Gray Owl Award: Heather Crone
  • In Memoriam: Robin White A True Conservation Champion

Wilderness Watch

  • Updates

Departments

  • Reader’s Corner
    • Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything Capitalism vs. the Climate
    • James Hoggan (with Richard Littlemore), Climate Cover-up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming
  • Gear Ideas: Celestron Elements FireCel

Events

  • Winter Events

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November 2014

Volume 22, Number 5

Features

  • Get Off Coal: A Doctor’s Prescription
  • Should We Embrace Carbon Capture and Storage?
  • Crowsnest Pass Coal Mining: A Déjà Vu to Avoid
  • Coal Mine Reclamation in the Coal Branch: A Volunteer Steward’s Perspective
  • Kilini Creek and Gravel Mining Impacts: A Microcosm of Cumulative Impacts on Alberta Water Resources

Association News

  • Wilderness Defender Awards: Tom Maccagno: Champion of the Wild ; Gus Yaki: AWA Wilderness Defender
  • Wilderness for Tomorrow: How Many Bucks Does it Take?
  • Cows as Stewards: Hyland Armstrong’s AWA Talk

Departments

  • Gear Ideas: MEC Obsession Hoodie

Events

  • Fall Events

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October 2014

Volume 22, Number 4

Features

  • Conserving the Greater Sage-grouse: Learning from Our American Cousins?
  • Laws and Landscape Planning: Canadian Examples for Woodland Caribou Management
  • Genuine Ecosystem-based Forestry: Impossible in Alberta?
  • How Great Was My Valley
  • Conservation Corner: New Research Identifies Breeding Grizzly Bear Habitat
  • Focus: Alberta’s Species at Risk

Association News

  • Wilderness Defenders Kids’ Day Camps
  • De-fencing for Antelope
  • Full On: Engagement Organizing for Canada’s Freshwater Leaders

Wilderness Watch

  • Updates

Departments

  • Gear Ideas: Survive Outdoors Longer (SOL) 2-Person Emergency Bivvy Sack

Events

  • Fall Events

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July 2014

Volume 22, Number 3

Features

  • The Wonder of Willmore
  • Going Home
  • Get Out There: Voices of Experience
  • Floods Are Not a Water Management Problem
  • Conservation Corner: To Tell You the Truth
  • Focus: Alberta’s Species at Risk

Association News

  • Filming Wolves: Andrew Manske’s Experiences
  • Government Relations: This is Now and That was Then
  • Climb and Run for Wilderness — Recap from Another Great Event

Wilderness Watch

  • Updates

Departments

  • Gear Ideas: Casio Mobile Link Runner (Unisex)
  • Reader’s Corner
    • Nancy Townshend, Art Inspired by the Canadian Rockies, Purcell Mountains and Selkirk Mountains 1809-2012
    • Richard P. Thiel, Allison C. Thiel, Marianne Strozewski, Wild Wolves We Have Known: Stories of Wolf Biologists’ Favorite Wolves
  • In Memoriam: Steve Dixon

Events

  • Summer Events

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May 2014

Volume 22, Number 2

Features

  • Mismanaging Alberta’s Wolves: Where’s Our Humanity?
  • Bee Aware – The Use of Neonicotinoid Pesticides
  • Birds and Tar Sands Tailings Ponds: Ever Safe to Land?
  • Sage-grouse Protectors
  • Former Senior Parks Canada Staff Urge Ottawa to Reject the Maligne Tours Resort Proposal
  • Two Bits?: Woodland Caribou Are Worth More than That
  • Focus: Alberta’s Species at Risk

Association News

  • Oldman Headwaters Action Plan 2013-14: Maintaining and Protecting the Headwaters and Source Waters of the Oldman Watershed
  • The Cochrane Ecological Institute: Helping Injured and Orphaned Wildlife

Wilderness Watch

  • Updates

Departments

  • Gear Ideas: “Spring Spirit” – the MEC Spirit 40 Backpack

Events

  • Spring Events

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February 2014

Volume 22, Number 1

Features

  • Dark and Dirty – Time to Dethrone King Coal in Alberta
  • Alberta’s Response to AWA’s Hidden Creek FOIP Request: the Good, the Bad and the Muddy
  • Losing the Boreal: A View of How Climate Change Could Shift Alberta’s Ecosystems
  • Partnership Plus An Emergency Protection Order: A Potion to Save Greater Sage-grouse?
  • Focus: Alberta’s Species-at-Risk
  • Conservation Corner: Whitebark Pine: Resistance Is Not Futile (in fact, it may be key to saving the species)

Association News

  • Come Hell and High Water: A Recap of Bob Sandford’s Talk on Managing Hydro-Climate Change in a Rapidly Changing West

Wilderness Watch

  • Updates

Departments

  • Gear Ideas: New Year’s Resolution: Hoe he’e nalu – the NRS Mayra Stand Up Paddleboard (Women’s)
  • Recall of the Wild: Prairie Chicken
  • Letters to the Editor

Events

  • Winter / Spring Events

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December 2013

Volume 21, Number 6

Features

  • Alberta’s Lower Athabasca Regional Plan: A Good Answer to Managing the Oil Sands?
  • South Saskatchewan Regional Plan – A Disappointing Draft
  • Global Warming and Extreme Weather Events: The Scientific Evidence and Uncertainty
  • Conservation Science Corner: Of Birds and Blades

Association News

  • Lorraine Mitchelmore on the Importance of Collaboration and Finding Common Ground
  • Alberta Wilderness and Wildlife Trust Wilderbess Defender Awards 2013

Wilderness Watch

  • Updates

Departments

  • Reader’s Corner: Kevin Van Tighem, Homeward WolfRobert Girvan, Who Speaks for the River? The Oldman River Dam and the Search for Justice
  • Gear Ideas
  • Recall of the Wild: Greater Sage-grouse: Reflections from Someone Who’s Lived a Life on the Land

Events

  • Winter Events

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October 2013

Volume 21, Number 4 & 5

Features

  • Cold Lake, Hot Bitumen: CNRL’s Bitumen Blowout
  • Blacklisted: Pembina Institute v Alberta (Environment and Sustainable Resource Development), 2013 ABQB 567
  • Isn’t this Where We Came In? Slapping a Band-Aid® over the Bighorn’s Canary Creek
  • Canada’s Charities Witch-hunt: Ottawa and the Ghost of Senator Joseph McCarthy
  • Three Artists Who Give Voice to the Silent
  • Back to the Future for the Bears: Another Five Years for Alberta’s Grizzly Recovery Plan

Association News

  • Louise Guy Poetry Prize
  • 2013 Wild West Gala
  • NEWALTA Volunteers Lending their Services
  • Hiking the Table to Protect the Castle
  • Castle Crown Wilderness Coalition Receives Alberta Parks Outstanding Group Steward Award

Wilderness Watch

  • Updates

Departments

  • Reader’s Corner: Candace Savage, A Geography of Blood
  • Letters to the Editor

Events

  • Fall Events

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August 2013

Volume 21, Number 3

Features

  • Memories of a Northern Summer
  • Home and My Backyard: Why I Cherish Nature
  • The Wonderous White Goat Wilderness
  • Boots Across the Border: the 2012 Waterton-Glacier National Park Superintendents’ Hike
  • Not Yet Time to Give Up the Ghost
  • A Legacy of Logging: the Shame of Hidden Creek

Wilderness Watch

  • Maligne Lake Madness?
  • Updates

Departments

  • Reader’s Corner: George Monbiot, Feral ; Classic Hikes in the Canadian Rockies
  • In Memoriam: Chuck Lacy

Events

  • Fall Events
  • the 25th Annual Wild West Gala

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June 2013

Volume 21, Number 2

Features

  • Stay Out of the Water: Toxic Tailings Ponds and Threats to Wildlife
  • Caribou Protection in Jasper National Park: A Tale of Two Ski Areas
  • Logging to Supply Timber vs. Logging to Supply Water: Is there a Difference?
  • Greater Sage-Grouse: Failing Them Shouldn’t Be An Option
  • Conservation Forecast for the Rocky Mountain Parks: Partly Sunny Risk of Thunderstorms

Association News

  • Another Climb to Remember: The 2013 Climb and Run for Wilderness
  • AWA and the Calgary Youth Science Fair
  • Diamond Jubilee Medals Recognize Conservationists

Wilderness Watch

  • Updates

Departments

  • Letters to the Editor
  • In Memoriam: Dawn Dickinson, Grant McNabb

Events

  • Summer Hikes + Edmonton Solstice Swing

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February 2013

Volume 21, Number 1

Features

  • Canada’s National Parks: We Celebrated Them in 2011, Eviscerated Them in 2012
  • Access to Environmental Information in Alberta: Where are we today?
  • A Private Little Matter: What’s Happening in Hidden Creek?
  • Celebrating the Good Things We’ve Done
  • Cardston County: Composting Cows to Conserve Carnivores

Association News

  • Lorne Fitch, Aldo Leopold, and Living a Land Ethic: The Fifth Annual Martha Kostuch Lecture

Wilderness Watch

  • Updates

Departments

  • Reader’s Corner: The Beaver Manifesto

Events

  • Events

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December 2012

Volume 20, Number 6

Features

  • A Last Look at AWA’s 2012 Priorities
  • What Exactly is Biodiversity?
  • A Castle-Crown Collage
  • Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute and the Willmore Wilderness
  • Alberta’s Biodiversity Strategy Needs to be Pushed Forward
  • A Case Study of a Prescribed Burn near Saskatchewan River Crossing, Alberta

Association News

  • Financing Wilderness Protection
  • Alison Dinwoodie, Wilderness Defender

Wilderness Watch

  • Updates

Departments

  • In Memoriam: Roger Creasey

Events

  • Winter Events

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October 2012

Volume 20, Number 5

Features

  • AWA’s 2012 Priorities: Water, the Lifeblood of Alberta
  • McClelland Wetlands
  • Beavers, Biodiversity and Wetlands of Hope
  • Canada’s Cold Amazon
  • The Milk River Watershed Council Canada — Our Water, Our Legacy
  • Clarity Out of Mud
  • Water in the Castle
  • Logging Trumps All Other Concerns in the Castle

Association News

  • Touring the Suffield National Wildlife Area
  • 2012 AWA Wild West Gala
  • AWA Takes Tourism, Parks and Recreation Minister Cusanelli on Tour of Southeastern Alberta Grasslands

Wilderness Watch

  • Updates

Departments

  • In Memoriam: Richard Collier

Events

Fall Events

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August 2012

Volume 20, Number 4

Features

  • AWA’s 2012 Priorities: Grizzlies and Cold Lake
  • Good News Bears
  • Values and Their Potential Role in Grizzly Bear Conservation
  • Lakeland’s Time

Association News

  • Lorne Fitch: An Extraordinary Advocate for Alberta’s Wild Spaces
  • Direct Action: AWA’s 2012 Bighorn Monitoring Report

Wilderness Watch

  • Updates

Departments

  • Reader’s Corner
  • Letters
  • In Memoriam: Elmer Kure

Events

Fall Events

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June 2012

Volume 20, Number 3

Features

  • AWA’s 2012 Priorities: Focus on Forests
  • Fly South Young Grouse
  • The Beginning and the End – A Summer Holiday Experience
  • Moving Past Infancy: Cumulative Effects Management in Alberta’s Boreal Forest
  • An Elegy for the Crowsnest Bull Trout

Association News

  • 21st Annual Climb and Run for Wilderness
  • Getting the Word (and Sound) Out: Turning the Hillhurst Cottage School into One of Calgary’s Best Venues

Wilderness Watch

  • Updates

Departments

  • Recall of the Wild
  • In Memoriam: Phyllis Hart

Events

Summer Events

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April 2012

Volume 20, Number 2

Features

  • The Broader View: AWA’s 2012 Priorities
  • Caribou Habitat Protection: It’s Urgent to Reduce Industry’s Bootprint
  • A Glass Half-Full: Avoiding Protection Paralysis
  • ATV Roundup: Managing Motorized Recreation in Alberta
  • Constrained Conservation: Examining Legal, Policy, and Organizational Obstacles to Sage-grouse Conservation and Recovery in Alberta
  • Standing Up for the Castle
  • A Valentine’s Day Call for Action

Association News

  • Packed Crowd Attends Alberta’s First All-Party Candidates Forum

Wilderness Watch

  • Updates

Departments

  • Letters

Events

  • Spring Events
  • Summer Hiking Programme

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February 2012

Volume 20, Number 1

Features

  • Bringing the Wild Back to the City
  • Community-Based Stewardship in Waterton Biosphere Reserve
  • BearSmart in the Crowsnest Pass
  • To Report, or Not to Report? That Is the Question
  • Clear Water Landcare Builds Community Ownership for Healthier Headwaters
  • AWA Presents Day-Long Advocacy Workshop for International Leadership Program

Association News

  • Great Gray Owl Award 2011
  • Louise Guy Poetry Contest: Krystyna W. Fedosejevs wins the Inaugural Competition

Wilderness Watch

  • Updates

Departments

  • Recall of (a Champion of) the Wild: Eulogy for Tom Maccagno
  • Reader’s Corner:
    • Biggest Bugs (life-size!)
    • Prairie: A Natural History. Updated edition

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December 2011

Volume 19, Number 6

Features

  • Lessons in Conservation from the Great Growling Grizzlies
  • Connecting Youth to Nature at The Palisades Centre
  • Where Have All the Children Gone? – The Perspective of a Long-Time Calgary Naturalist and Volunteer
  • Tribal Parks
  • Looking at Alberta: What Do the Sage-grouse See?
  • Sustainable Forests, Sustainable Communities. The Future of Alberta’s Southwestern Forests

Association News

  • Finance$: How Many Bucks Does It Take?
  • Gifts In Memoriam
  • Alberta’s Public Land Crisis: The Fourth Annual Martha Kostuch Lecture

Wilderness Watch

  • Updates

Departments

  • Recall of the Wild: Zoë Preston – WWII Decoder, Avro Arrow Design Artist, Builder of K.C. the Bear
  • Reader’s Corner: Staying Safe in Bear Country (DVD)

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October 2011

Volume 19, Number 5

Features

  • Parks Canada: Standing on Guard For…
  • Sage-grouse on the Brink: How Governments Have Failed Alberta’s Most Endangered Species
  • Alberta Woodland Caribou – Proposed Federal Recovery Strategy
  • The Fading Federal Presence in Environmental Assessment
  • Ottawa May Monitor Oil Sands’ Effects on Wildlife – Limiting Them Would Be Better

Association News

  • Wild West Gala
  • AWA Lakeland Bird and Orchid Trip

Wilderness Watch

  • Updates

Departments

  • Recall of the Wild. Stephen Herrero – Scientist, Advocate, and Wilderness Defender
  • Reader’s Corner

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August 2011

Volume 19, Number 4

Features

  • Public Involvement in Water Law reform: B.C. and Alberta Compared
  • Linking Water Conservation and River Health in Alberta
  • Water, Water, Everywhere… Nor Any Drop to Drink
  • The Bow River Project
  • The Strains of Development: The Athabasca and the Oil Sands
  • Draft Land-Use Plan in Lower Athabasca Weak on Land Outcomes
  • ERCB OKs Another Sour Gas Well in the Castle… Sort Of

Association News

  • Happy Birthday, Ethan; Thousands of Thank Yous

Wilderness Watch

  • Updates

Departments

  • Recall of the Wild
  • Reader’s Corner

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June 2011

Volume 19, Number 3

Features

  • Balance (Or In Praise of a Good Saunter)
  • Marking 100 Years of Peaks and Valleys; Parks Canada Needs to Educate the Public, Not Vulgarize the Grandeur
  • My Summer in Waterton Lakes National Park – The Soul of the World
  • What Do You Miss? Take the Rec-ucation Challenge
  • Reducing Access is the Answer: Now What was the Question?
  • From Hiking to Scrambling
  • The Predaceous Black Bear Redux

Association News

  • Celebrating Earth Day’s 41st Birthday – AWA’s Best-Ever Climb for Wilderness!

Wilderness Watch

  • Updates

Departments

  • Recall of the Wild
  • Reader’s Corner

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April 2011

Volume 19, Number 2

Features

  • Rapid Decline of the Greater Sage-Grouse in Alberta
  • A Cutthroat We Should Respect
  • Coming to our Senses on Swift Fox Recovery
  • Enforced Killing of Wildlife at Wildlife Rehabilitation Centres
  • Biodiversity Risks from Tar Sands Development
  • Behind the Scenes of “Potatogate”

Association News

  • Family Ties and Volunteer Times: The Cocketts Are Calgary’s Volunteer Family of the Year
  • Living with Coyotes in an Urban Environment

Wilderness Watch

  • Updates

Departments

  • Recall of the Wild
  • Reader’s Corner

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February 2011

Volume 19, Number 1

Features

  • Board Thoughts About Parks
  • Everyone Belongs Outside. Inclusion Belongs in Parks.
  • Downhill! Jasper Wilderness Valley Threatened
  • Temporary Reprieve for Alberta Parks – Will the Bill 29 Battle Need to be Fought Again?

Association News

  • The 2010 Martha Kostuch Lecture: Thucydides, Grant MacEwan and Cliff Wallis: Environmental Citizenship in a Hostile Jurisdiction
  • Great Gray Owl Award
  • Earth Day 2011 – The 20th Anniversary of AWA’s Climb and Run for Wilderness

Wilderness Watch

  • Updates

Departments

  • Recall of the Wild
  • Gear
  • Reader’s Corner
  • Letters to the Editor

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December 2010

Volume 18, Number 6

Features

  • Wild Ecosystems and Climate Change – the Seminal Work of Dr. Camille Parmesan
  • Alberta’s Climate Change Future is Here Already
  • Climate Change and Water in Alberta: Are we Dammed?
  • Climate Change and Biodiversity on Alberta’s Southern Eastern Slopes
  • Point/Counterpoint: Population Growth and the Future of Wilderness
  • ‘Potatogate’ Victory: People Power Does Work!

Association News

  • How to Love the Earth: AWA’s Journey to Protect Wild Spaces
  • Financing Wilderness Protection

Wilderness Watch

  • Updates

Departments

  • Letters to the Editor

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October 2010

Volume 18, Number 5

Features

  • The Illusion of Integrity
  • What is Happening With the New Provincial Parks Legislation?
  • Do Mountain Bikes Belong in the Backcountry? Absolutely.
  • A Sordid Affair: Mountain Biking in Canada’s National Parks
  • The Willmore: Stronger Management… What’s So Evil About World Heritage Status?
  • Potatogate: Turning Endangered Species Habitat into Potato Chips

Association News

  • Newcomers to Wild Spaces
  • Sunrise on a Mountain Top
  • Peter Lee: I Know Martha Would Approve

Wilderness Watch

  • Updates

Departments

  • Gear
  • Reader’s Corner
  • Recall of the Wild

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August 2010

Volume 18, Number 4

Features

  • Guilty!: Syncrude Runs “Afoul” of Canadian and Alberta Environmental Laws
  • The Boreal: A Birder’s Wonderland
  • New Policy Tools for Conservation in Alberta’s Boreal Natural Region
  • Tar Sands Lobby: 1 – Wetlands Policy: 0?
  • In Situ Tar Sands Risks Confirmed by Recent Blowouts
  • Progress in Ghost River Watershed Planning
  • Business as Usual as ERCB Approves Kananaskis Sour Gas Pipeline
  • Ants and Antelope

Association News

  • Tom Beck – New Age Pioneer
  • Hillhurst School Children Work to Protect Endangered Species
  • Defending Wild Alberta Through Awareness and Action
  • Heather MacFadyen – National Hometown Hero Award Winner

Wilderness Watch

  • Updates

Departments

  • Recall of the Wild
  • Backcountry Recipes
  • Reader’s Corner

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June 2010

Volume 18, Number 3

Features

  • Lakeland: A Lifelong Odyssey in a Land of Wonder
  • Exploring Alberta’s Mountain Wilderness
  • Thoughts on “Being:” Get Out There
  • Disabled Citizens: Welcome Them into the Conservation Community
  • Blind Ambition: the Ross Watson Message
  • North America’s Original Frequent Fliers

Association News

  • Climb and Run for Wilderness 2010

Wilderness Watch

  • Updates

Departments

  • Thinking About New Gear…
  • Photography Tips
  • Recall of the Wild

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April 2010

Volume 18, Number 2

FEATURES

  • Understanding the Ecology of Mountain Goats: The Long-Term Study of Caw Ridge
  • Research Without Results
  • Wolverines: Putting the Wild into Wilderness
  • Celebrating the Snakes of Alberta
  • Endangered Species Under Alberta’s Wildlife Act: Effective Legal Protection?
  • Livestock Grazing in the Castle’s Front Range Canyons
  • 2010 Update on Skoki

ASSOCIATION NEWS

  • AWA Financial Update

WILDERNESS WATCH

  • Updates

DEPARTMENTS

  • Letters to the Editor
  • Recall of the Wild

EVENTS

  • Events

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February 2010

Volume 18, Number 1

Features

  • An Eloquent Challenge
  • Alberta’s Grizzlies: On the Road to Recovery or just on the Road?
  • The Real Bear
  • Grizzly Bears in Alberta: A Crisis of Commitment and Inaction
  • Grizzly Bear #16 a.k.a. Skoki

Association News

  • The 2009 Martha Kostuch Lecture: Sage-Grouse, Dace, and other Beneficiaries of a Limited Toolbox
  • Grizzly Campaign Take Two: www .nomoregrizzlies.com

Wilderness Watch

  • Updates

Departments

  • Recall of the Wild
  • Reader’s Corner
  • Backcountry Recipes
  • Events

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December 2009

Volume 17, Number 6

Features

  • Caw Ridge: Two Cheers For Alberta’s Fish And Wildlife Division
  • Initial Effects Of A Prescribed Burn In An Ecologically Significant Area, North Saskatchewan River, Alberta
  • In Praise Of Lakeland’s Wilderness
  • A Case For Protecting The Red Deer River Badlands, Alberta’s Palaeontological Treasure
  • Will Alberta’s Black Wolves Benefit From Climate Change?
  • Wolves, Fish, (Popes) And “Trophic Cascades”

Association News

  • Awards Presentation And Annual Lecture
  • Protecting Nature: Sowing Seeds Of Cooperation Between Alberta And Inner Mongolia
  • A Vision For Forest Management For The Future
  • How Does The AWA Fund Its Work?
  • Tributes
  • In Memoriam

Wilderness Watch

  • Updates

Departments

  • Reader’s Corner 29 Letters To The Editor 30 Recall Of The Wild

Events

  • Events

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October 2009

Volume 17, Number 5

FEATURES

  • The Government’s View Of Alberta’s Land-Use Legislation
  • Alberta’s Changing Land-Use Planning System
  • Initial Thoughts About The Land-Use Framework
  • Private Protection – Options For Protecting Private Land
  • What’s New In The Tool Box: Private Land Conservation Programs In Alberta
  • Outside Threats To The Ecological Integrity Of Waterton-Glacier
  • Alberta Land Assembly Project Area ACT Jeopardizes Land-Use Framework
  • Headwaters Management – Front-Line Perspectives

ASSOCIATION NEWS

  • Richard Secord: The Nature Of Environmental Law

WILDERNESS WATCH

  • Updates

DEPARTMENTS

  • Reader’s Corner
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Recall Of The Wild

EVENTS

Events

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August 2009

Volume 17, Number 4

FEATURES

  • Why? How? Thinking About Protected Areas
  • Protected Areas in Alberta – How Much is Enough?
  • A Grand Opportunity for Alberta Boreal Forest Protection
  • Demonstrating the Imperative for Protection: AWA in the Bighorn
  • Sage-grouse Court Victory a Major Step for Endangered Species Recovery
  • Caribou and Wolves Imperiled by Government Impotence

ASSOCIATION NEWS

  • Donations and Defenders
  • Defenders of Alberta’s Southwest Wilderness
  • In Memoriam – Dr. William A. (Bill) Fuller

WILDERNESS WATCH

  • Updates

DEPARTMENTS

  • Reader’s Corner
  • Recall of the Wild – Man of the Land and the Sky
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Backcountry Recipes

EVENTS

  • AWA Summer Hikes
  • Wild West Gala

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June 2009

Volume 17, Number 3

FEATURES

  • A Beautiful But Fragile Inheritance: Alberta’s Wilderness Areas
  • Canoeing Alberta: A Natural Choice
  • Willmore Wilderness Park: The Start of a Twenty-Year Friendship
  • To Work in Nature: An Outfitter’s Life
  • Defending and Protecting What We Love: Biophilia and Creating Environmental Citizenship

ASSOCIATION NEWS

  • Climb & Run for Wilderness

WILDERNESS WATCH

  • Updates

DEPARTMENTS

  • Reader’s Corner
  • Recall of the Wild: A Life Well-Spent in God’s Country
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Backcountry Recipes

EVENTS

  • AWA Summer Hikes
  • Summer Solstice Stroll at the Devonian Gardens
  • Wild West Gala

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April 2009

Volume 17, Number 2

FEATURES

  • “At Least its a Start?”: The Legislative Foundations for Protecting Species at Risk in Alberta
  • The Eviscerating of Federal Environmental Assessment in Canada
  • Alberta’s Species at Risk: Overview and Prognosis
  • How Many Grizzly Bears Can Dance on the Head of a Pin? Thoughts on Imperiled Species and Spaces
  • Alberta’s Grizzlies: Who Will Bear the Blame?
  • The Last Waltz for a Prairie Icon?: The Greater Sage Grouse
  • The Northern Front of Alberta’s War on Wildlife: Caribou Under Siege

WILDERNESS WATCH

  • Conservation Offsets: A Path Worth Exploring
  • Under Construction – Lower Athabasca Regional Land Use Planning
  • Updates

DEPARTMENTS

  • Recall of the Wild – Elmer Kure: The Man who Never Gave Up on Conservation
  • Association News & Events

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February 2009

Volume 17, Number 1

FEATURES

  • Economics Meets Ecology – Lessons for Alberta Wilderness
  • The GPI – An Alternative Measure of Progress
  • Buying and Selling Alberta’s Water – To Whom, For What, and How Much?
  • The Economics of Suffield

WILDERNESS WATCH

  • Updates
  • “Dirty Gas” in Rumsey Natural Area
  • Energy Development Squeezes Elk Island National Park
  • Wolves on the Range
  • Kananaskis Grizzlies – When Enough is Enough
  • Return Trip: At Home and Away in Wilderness

DEPARTMENTS

  • Letters
  • Reader’s Corner – Alberta’s Tar Sands: Guilty as Charged
  • Recall of the Wild – Ray Hill: Life as a Backcountry Ranger
  • Association News & Events
  • Photospread: Protecting Wild Alberta 2008

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December 2008

Volume 16, Number 6

October 2008

Volume 16, Number 5

August 2008

Volume 16, Number 4

June 2008

Volume 16, Number 3

April 2008

Volume 16, Number 2

February 2008

Volume 16, Number 1

Pullout Sendin 2008

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December 2007

Volume 15, Number 6

October 2007

Volume 15, Number 5

August 2007

Volume 15, Number 4

June 2007

Volume 15, Number 3

April 2007

Volume 15, Number 2

February 2007

Volume 15, Number 1

OUT FRONT

  • Stewards Unite Passion and Vigilance, Part 2 – Sacred and Sacrificed
  • Alberta’s Southern Eastern Slopes: Forests or Forestry?

ALBERTA WILDERNESS WATCH

  • Logging the Land Unstudied
  • Alberta’s Caribou Recovery Process Descends into Chaos
  • Roadless Areas – An Idea Whose Time Has Come
  • Southern Foothills Study Moves Forward
  • Biologists Dig Deep on Burrowing Owl Conservation Mystery

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • National Climate Change Advice Ignores Key Elements
  • What’s in Your Glass of Drinking Water?

PROFILE

  • Darren Haley – Alberta Artist Follows the Path Less Traveled

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December 2006

Volume 14, Number 6

October 2006

Volume 14, Number 5

August 2006

Volume 14, Number 4

June 2006

Volume 14, Number 3

April 2006

Volume 14, Number 2

February 2006

Volume 14, Number 1

December 2005

Volume 13, Number 6

October 2005

Volume 13, Number 5

August 2005

Volume 13, Number 4

June 2005

Volume 13, Number 3

April 2005

Volume 13, Number 2

February 2005

Volume 13, Number 1

December 2004

Volume 12, Number 6

October 2004

Volume 12, Number 5

August 2004

Volume 12, Number 4

June 2004

Volume 12, Number 3

April 2004

Volume 12, Number 2

February 2004

Volume 12, Number 1

December 2003

Volume 11, Number 6

INSIDE
A Cows And Fish Story
By Lorne Fitch …………………………………………………………………….. 5
ALBERTA WILDERNESS WATCH …………………………………………7 What Can Be Done To Help Alberta’s Grizzlies? ……………………….7 Poaching Penalties Increased ………………………………………………..8 Illegal Recreational Use Threatening The Bighorn ……………………9 Possibilities For Better Management Open In Chinchaga ………… 10 Future Management of The Whaleback …………………………………. 11 Ya Ha Tinda – Our Next National Wildlife Area? …………………….. 12 Travelling Willmore Wilderness Park …………………………………….. 14 Finding Hope in The Lost Creek Ashes ……………………………….. 16 Changes To The Public Lands Act …………………………………………17 Water For Life Strategy ……………………………………………………….18 Letters Support Native Prairie Conservation …………………………..18 Trading Native Prairie For Potato Production …………………………..19 Artist Profile: Charles Douglas ………………………………………………20
ASSOCIATION NEWS …………………………………………………………21 Setbacks Fail To Deter Grizzly Researcher …………………………….21 An Autumn Celebration of Wilderness ……………………………………23 Thank You To All Our Volunteers! …………………………………………..24 Fish Need Friends, Too – By Dr. Michael Sullivan ……………………28 Bighorn Wildland A Popular Choice ……………………………………….26 Climb for Wilderness …………………………………………………………..26 Open House Program …………………………………………………………27

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October 2003

Volume 11, Number 5

INSIDE
Andy Russell Still Ready to Give Polluters “Hell”
By Andy Marshall …………………………………………………………………. 4
ALBERTA WILDERNESS WATCH …………………………………………6 Finding the Public Interest at the Whaleback Hearing ………………..6 Saving Lakeland’s Endangered Forests ………………………………….14 Wildfire Presents a Rare Opportunity!
By Brian Horejsi ………………………………………………………………….16 Fanning the Flames: Forests in Peril
By David McIntryre……………………………………………………………… 18 Bighorn Monitoring Field Season………………………………………….. 19 Milk River Dam Proposal ……………………………………………………..20 Kananaskis Draft Management Plans ……………………………………20 New Studies into Chronic Wasting Disease …………………………….21 New Web Site for Public Land Information …………………………….21 Wolf Control, Keystone Species and Other Logical
Conservation Conundrums By Mark Hebblewhite ……………………22 Artist Profile: Maureen Enns ………………………………………………..24 Letters to the Editor………………………………………………………………24
ASSOCIATION NEWS …………………………………………………………25 Bighorn Wildland Book …………………………………………………………25 MyVolunteerExperienceintheBighorn ………………………………..26 Open House Program …………………………………………………………27 Annual Lecture and Awards ………………………………………………….28

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August 2003

Volume 11, Number 4

INSIDE
Persistence Pays Off For Suffield……………………………………………. 5 Ray Sloan Embraced Life To The Fullest …………………………………. 6 Ian Ross Remembered …………………………………………………………8
ALBERTA WILDERNESS WATCH …………………………………………9 Public Land Law Worthy Of Alberta’s Public Lands ………………….10 Direct Action In The Bighorn ………………………………………………..14 Bighorn Update ………………………………………………………………….15 Heli-Tour Company Wants Unlimited Flights ………………………….. 15 Precious Prairie Sold For Potatoes ………………………………………. 16 Public Land Sales Motion Proceeds ……………………………………..16 Public Land Access Rules Proclaimed ………………………………….16 AWA’s Whaleback Poll …………………………………………………………17 Canada’s Endangered Rivers ………………………………………………17 Industrial Activity in Saskatoon Mountain ………………………………18 Grizzly Ridge Draft Management Plan ……………………………………19 Grizzly Bear Recovery In Alberta …………………………………………..19 Kicking Horse Bear Pen ………………………………………………………. 21 Ravens Over Crowsnest ……………………………………………………..22 Artist Profile: Garry Newton ………………………………………………….24
ASSOCIATION NEWS …………………………………………………………25 Bighorn Wildland Book and Book Tour ……………………………………25 Alberta Wilderness Watch Stewardship Program ……………………26 Open House Program …………………………………………………………27 Wilderness Celebration Autumn 2003 ……………………………………27

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June 2003

Volume 11, Number 3

INSIDE
Untapped Wealth of Alberta Awaits Development
By Rob Gardner ………………………………………..4
Determined Activist Carries a Powerful, Scientific Stick
– A Profile of Dr. William A. Fuller ………………5
Alberta Wilderness Watch………………………….7
Rebuilding The Castle ………………………7
New Gas Battle Looms at Whaleback………………………………9
Our Public Lands Need an Intergrated Policy ………………..11
Firm Opposition to Milk River Dam …………………………………12
Bighorn Monitoring Project 2003 ……………………………………13
FSC Certification …………………………………………………………….14
Game Farming Disaster ………………………………………………….15
Weyerhaeuser’s Public Consultation Lacks Credibility…..16
Impressions From My Chinchaga Life……………………………..16
Control Project Targets Cormorants ………………………………..19
DeerMice:LordsofTheWilderness …………………………………….20
Zoë Preston: The Lady Behind The Bear ………………………….21
Alberta’s Trumpeter Swan Needs Your Help ……………………23
Association News ……………………………………………………………..24
Climb For Wilderness ………………………………………………………..24
Jerry Hall: A Caring Canadian……………………………………………25
Tom Maccagno Wins Award ………………………………………………25
Alberta Wilderness Watch ………………………………………………….26
New Staff Profiles ……………………………………………………………….28
Letters to The Editor ……………………………………………………………29
Open House Program …………………………………………………………30
Readers’ Corner ………………………………………………………………….31

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April 2003

Volume 11, Number 2

INSIDE
Profile: Veteran Naturalist Dorothy Dickson………………………………….. 4
Consultation or Manipulation?…………………………………………………… 6
Sham Consultation Processes Endanger our Wilderness……………. 6
Alberta Wilderness Watch………………………………………………… 7
Milk River Dam Study Bypasses Established Planning………………… 7
Water for Life Strategy……………………………………………………………..10
Twin River Heritage Rangeland………………………………………………..11
Milk River an Endangered River……………………………………………….12
Rumsey Ecological Reserve…………………………………………………….13
Bighorn and Castle Get International Attention…………………………..15
North East Slopes Strategy…………………………………………………….. 15
Naming of Parks After Politicians…………………………………………….. 16
Grande Cache Meeting for NES Strategy…………………………………..17
Whaleback Update………………………………………………………………… 17
Grande Cache Caribou Saga Continues……………………………………17
Dunvegan Weir Turned Down…………………………………………………..18
Rough Fescue Grass Emblem………………………………………………… 19
Conservation Best Option for Cardinal Divide…………………………….19
Developing FSC Boreal Standards………………………………………….. 20
Trumpeter Swans Need Your Help…………………………………………… 21
Canada and the Buffalo…………………………………………………………. 22
Great Sand Hills Under Threat ………………………………………………. 23
Association News ………………………………………………………………. 24
Wilderness Celebration Spring……………………………………………….. 24
Mural Competition…………………………………………………………………. 25
Letters to the Editor………………………………………………………………. 25
Open House Program ………………………………………………………….. 27
Wilderness Awareness Month………………………………………………… 28

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February 2003

Volume 11, Number 1

Alberta Wilderness Watch ……………………………………4
Keep the Milk River Wild – No Dams! ……………………….4
Evan-Thomas Development ……………………………………7
Government’s Misleading Response to Bighorn Letters 8
New Public Process in Ghost-Waiparous…………………. 9
City of Calgary Recognizes Watershed Importance…… 9
Keeping an Eye on the Bow River Basin ………………..10
Whaleback Gas Gamble Turning Sour? ………………….12
Waterton Subdivision Goes Ahead …………………………13
Navigo Energy Abandons Wells in Hay-Zama …………13
McClelland Wetland Reprieve ………………………………13
New EUB Requirements for Cheviot Mine ………………14
Public Consultation on Forestry in SW Alberta ………. 14
Using Markets and Consumer Pressure ……………….. 15
Educating Alberta Forest Industry Investors …………….15
Game Farming Class Action Lawsuit ……………………..17
Tracking the Forest Carnivores ……………………………. 18
Grande Cache Wildlife Advocate …………………………..20
Artist Profile: Tom Hunter ……………………………………..22
Association News……………………………………………… 23
Promoting Children’s Enthusiasm About Their Water 23
Letters to the Editor ……………………………………………. 24
An Essay on Fur Trapping ……………………………………24
Why Did I Climb the Calgary Tower? ……………………..26
Display Volunteers ………………………………………………27
Open House Program …………………………………………27
Be a Wilderness Steward ……………………………………..28

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December 2002

Volume 10, Number 6

INSIDE
Fiddling While Alberta Burns
By Don Meredith ……………………………………………………4
Alberta Wilderness Watch ………………………………..5
Bighorn Plans Released by SRD …………………………….5
No Park, or Elk, is an Island ……………………………………7
Kananaskis: Evan-Thomas ……………………………………..9
Better Forestry Practices in Alberta…………………………..9
Forest Stewardship Council……………………………………10
Old Growth Strategy …………………………………………….10
Whaleback …………………………………………………………..11
Pekisko Landowners and Vermillion Resources ……….12
A NIMBY and Proud of It ……………………………………….13
Castle Ski Resort………………………………………………….14
Local Citizens Defend Kakwa and Win ……………………15
McClelland Fen ……………………………………………………17
Recreation Corridors Review………………………………….18
Frank L. Beebe ……………………………………………………19
Association News…………………………………………..22
Thomas Power Shoots Down Economic Myths ……….20
Annual Lecture and Awards……………………………………21
Wilderness Celebration …………………………………………22
Volunteers …………………………………………………………..24
Message from the President ………………………………….25
Leaving a Wilderness Legacy ………………………………..26

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October 2002

Volume 10, Number 5

INSIDE
Reinventing Integrated Resource Management …………4
AWA Founder’s Legacy Shines Bright ……………………….9
Alberta Wilderness Watch …………………………….10
The Bighorn Wildland – An ABSRD Process …………….10
Water and Wildlife to Suffer in Bighorn ……………………11
Reclamation of ATV-Abused areas in the Bighorn……..12
Letter to MLA re Bighorn ……………………………………….13
Halsey Report – McClelland Lake Patterned Fen ……14
AWA Working With Shell – What’s Going On?! …………16
AWA Opinion on Softwood Lumber …………………………17
Game Farm Dilemma – Illegal Trade Revealed …………17
The Truth About Convention Centres in National Parks……….18
Natural Resource Defense Council Visits Alberta ……..19
Profile:KenFerris ………………………………………………..20
Association News…………………………………………21
Scenes from Summer Hikes 2002 …………………………..21
Staff Profile: Philip Clement ……………………………………21
Annual Lecture: Post Cowboy Economics with Dr. Thomas Power ………22
Open House Talks Program ……………………………………23

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August 2002

Volume 10, Number 4

INSIDE
More Thoughts on Flexibility to Manage ….5
By Dr. Brian Horejsi
AWA Wilderness Definition ……………………..6
First-Ever AWA President Enjoyed Varied Repertoire ……………………..6
By Andy Marshall
Alberta Wilderness Watch ………………8
A Study in Contrasts: The EUB Hearings on McClelland Wetland Complex………………….8
By Dr. Richard Thomas
Sour Gas Exploration in the Whaleback ..14
Focus on Bighorn ………………………………..15
Weir Proposed for Peace River …………….15
Expanding Waterton-Glacier ………………….15
Rancher Challenges the Cattle Industry and Its Critics ……………………………………..16
Proposed Development at Castle Mountain Resort ……………………….17
It’s Time to End Game Farming …………….17
South Saskatchewan River Leaves Its Mark on Visitors ………………………………18
Al-Pac Defers Touchwood Lake Harvest ..18
Profile: Donna Jo Massie ……………………..19
Association News…………………………20
Bighorn Trail Trip 2002: Awesome Adventure in the Backcountry………………..20
Wilderness Celebration 2002 ………………..21
Annual Lecture: Post-Cowboy Economics with Dr. Thomas Power ……………………….22
Open House Program Fall 2002…………….23

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June 2002

Volume 10, Number 3

INSIDE
Effects of ORVs in Wilderness ………………..5
“Flexibility to Manage” – Who Benefits? ……7
By Dr. Brian Horejsi
Alberta Wilderness Watch …………….10
Alberta Scientists Support Expansion of Protected Areas Network ……………………..10
MLAs Getting Message About Bighorn ….11
Bill 206 is a Red Herring ……………………….11
Ecosystem Management in Elk Island ……12
Castle Wilderness ………………………………..12
McClelland Oil Sands Project ………………..13
Grizzly not Listed as Threatened …………..13
Lake Louise …………………………………………13
Lakeland Logging Plans ……………………….14
Touchwood Lake Poem ……………………….14
Sour Gas in the Whaleback ………………….15
Cheviot Mine ……………………………………….15
Oldman River Basin Water Management..16
Snake Hunters’ Blues …………………………..17
Artist Profile: James Marshall: ………………19
Association News
Wilderness Awareness Month ………………20
Wild Alberta Map ………………………………….21
Alberta Wilderness Watch Stewardship Program………………………………………………21
Climb for Wilderness…………………………….22
Profiles of New Staff and Volunteers ……..24
Upcoming Events ………………………………..25
Wilderness Defenders Awards ………………27

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April 2002

Volume 10, Number 2

INSIDE
Fresh Water Oil Floods ………………….4
The Hunt in the Twenty-First Century….6
Alberta Wilderness Watch
Bighorn Access Management…………..10
House Divided Over
Protected Fen’s Future ……………………13
Be Kind to Your Friends
in the Swamp ………………………………..14
Old-Growth Logging in Lakeland Impacts Migratory Birds ………………….15
Softwood Lumber
What’s Going On? …………………………15
The Ram Mountain
Bighorn Sheep Study ……………………….16
Talisman Brings Gas Wells
to the North Porcupines ………………….17
Meridian Dam – It’s Not Over Until
the Wild River Sings ……………………….17
Zero-Cow ……………………………………..18
Golden Eagle Migration
in the Rockies ………………………………..19
Profile: Artist Glen Boles………………….21
Association News
Summer Hikes Program ………………….22
Open House Program……………………..22
Membership Drive…………………………..23
Thrill of a Lifetime Raffle………………….24

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February 2002

Volume 10, Number 1

INSIDE
Dammed If You Do …………………………..4
Alberta Wilderness Watch ………………..8
Bighorn Public Forums ……………………..8
Letters to the Editor …………………………9
Salvage Cutting in Bighorn………………..9
Thoughts About the Bighorn …………….10
Wilderness Loop …………………………….11
My Passion for the Kakwa ………………..14
Hay-Zama Lakes …………………………….16
Little Smoky’s Solomon Valley…………..16
McClelland Lake …………………………….16
Managing Water in the Bow River Basin …………………………17
North American Grasslands………………18
Whaleback Under Threat………………….19
Open House in Maycroft ………………….21
Communities Divided by Road …………22
CSA Forest Committee ……………………23
Meridian Dam………………………………….23
AEP Committee ………………………………23
Spray Lake Sawmills ……………………….23
Prairie Conservation Forum………………23
Wildlife Books for Education and Controversy …………………………24
Profile: Garry Hackler……………………….26
Upcoming Events…………………………….27

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December 2001

Volume 9, Number 6

INSIDE
Living or Dead? Choosing wildlife economies …………………………….4
Steve Dixon:
The Man Who Loves to Fly ……..7
Vivian Pharis:
An Occasional Artist ………………..8
Alberta Wilderness Watch ……….9
Opposing the Road in
Wood Buffalo NP ………………….9
New Regional Planning Process 10
Mountain Caribou in Trouble……..11
Bighorn Wildland ……………………12
Rally for the Wardens …………….13
Livestock Trespass in Waterton ..14
Status of Alberta Wildlife…………..15
Greater Kakwa ……………………….16
Waterton Gate Affair ………………16
Alberta’s Forest Policies …………17
Is Alberta Forestry Sustainable….17
Association News ………………….18
Upcoming Events ………………….2

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October 2001

Volume 9, Number 5

INSIDE
Taking a Role in Wilderness Stewardship …………………………..4
The AWA Milk River – Sage Creek Management Story………………….5
Bighorn Trail Trip 2001…………….7
Alberta Wilderness Watch ……….8
Meridian Dam ……………………..8
Hay-Zama Wildland Park ……..9
Spray Lake Sawmills FMA ….10
Game Farming ………………….10
Resource Dependent Communities ……………………11
AWA FSC Membership ……….11
Managing Roads for Wildlife 12
Erasing Bighorn Wildland ……12
Gas Reserves in Bighorn ……13
Southern Grazing Leases ….13
Prairie Rattlesnake Project ..14
Bighorn Sheep Study …………15
Mountain Goat Study …………16
Association News ………………..17
Profile: Charles Lacy …………….18

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August 2001

Volume 9, Number 4

INSIDE
Penned Hunts Panned by Coalition ………………………………4
Can We Share the Forest With Mountain Pine Beetles? …………6
Book Review – Home Range by Kevin Van Tighem ………………….7
Alberta Wilderness Watch …………8
New Parks and FMA in Kananaskis …………………………8
The G8 in Kananaskis? …………8
Evan-Thomas ……………………….8
New parks in Northern Alberta ..9
Forestry and Trade………………..9
Meridian Dam……………………..10
Flying Over Bighorn Country ..11
Waterton Gate Affair …………….11
Castle-Crown Wilderness……..12
A Chance for Chinchaga ……..12
Association News ……………………13
Upcoming Events ……………………14

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June 2001

Volume 9, Number 3

INSIDE
Global Forest Watch Canada ……5
Alberta Wilderness Watch …………7
Alberta Forest Conservation Strategy ………………………………..7
Spray Lake Sawmills FMA ……..8
Sheep River…………………………..8
Chinchaga …………………………….8
Protecting our Wilderness……….9
The Good Wood Project…………9
Forest Stewardship Council ……9
Little Smoky…………………………10
Solomon Valley Action Alert ….10
Bighorn Country ………………….10
Game Farming ……………………10
Lac La Biche ……………………….11
Waterton …………………………….11
Yellowstone to Yukon …………..12
Association News ………………….13
Upcoming Events……………………15

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April 2001

Volume 9, Number 2

CONTENTS
What will be the Future of Kananaskis Forests……..1
Shaking Up Environmental Protection in Alberta ……….3
Alberta Wilderness Watch …………………………..6
Progress? On Hay-Zama lakes Wildland: Following the Footprints ………………..6
Hay-Zama: Smart Move or Capitulation?? …………..7
Are Environmental Organizations still relevant in Alberta ……………………..7
Chinchaga ……………………8
Rumsey Ecological Reserve: Planning for the Future ……………………9
Pipeline Requirements Downsized ………………….10
Evan Thomas,
Kananaskis Country……..11
Little Smokey/Solomon Valley …………………………11
Talisman Gets EUB Approval in Bighorn ……..11
Waterton Gate Affair ……12
Profile: Pat Wright:
Wildlife Artist………………….12
Upcoming Events…………..14
Open House Program ….14
Summer Field Trips ……..14
Association News…………..14
Alberta Wilderness Resource Centre …………14
Wild Lands Advocate……14
Employment
Opportunity ………………..14
Tower Climb ………………….15

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February 2001

Volume 9, Number 1

CONTENTS
Development Proposal Compromises Crown of the Continent ……………………….1
Editorial …………………………2
Presentation to Cardston County Council ………………3
Alberta Wilderness Watch..6
Provincial Election…………6
Bighorn Country …………..6
Evan Thomas ………………7
Little Smokey………………..7
Cardinal Divide …………….7
Chinchaga ……………………8
Castle Wilderness…………8
Special Places Program ..8
National Parks………………8
Prairie Conservation Forum …………………………8
Grizzly Bear Hunting Moratorium in B.C. ……….9
How Many Bears Should Alberta Have? ………………10
The Cougar as Peaceful Adversary ……………………..11
Association News …………12
WLA Survey Results……12
Wild Lands Advocate ….13
Am I Still a Member? ….13
Resource Centre…………13
Casino ……………………….13
From The Board …………13
Annual Tower Climb ……14
Wilderness Insiders Network ……………………..15
Open House Program ……16

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December 2000

Volume 8, Number 6 - Wild Lands Advocate Survey

December 2000

Volume 8, Number 6

December 2000

Volume 8, Number Postcard

2000 10

Volume 8, Number 5

CONTENTS
ALBERTA WATERSHEDS
Death by a thousand cuts
CHEVIOT APPROVED
Coal mine recommendation a tragic setback
NATIONAL PARKS
Poll shows Albertans want nature and wildlife, not golf, skiing, shops
GRIZZLY BEARS
25 years of U.S. federal protection
ACTION ALERT
Canada’s Species at Risk Act
2000, THE BEST FIRE SEASON EVER?
WOOD BUFFALO PARK
AWA opposes road through park
AWA MEMBERS’ REPORT
ANNUAL DINNER AND AUCTION
Ian Tyson to be M.C. at AWA dinner

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August 2000

Volume 8, Number 4

CONTENTS
PROVINCE ANNOUNCES P&NG LEASE SALES IN PROTECTED AREAS
Conservation Groups Take Action to Stop Leases in Milk River and Chinchaga
BEYOND CHEVIOT
Alberta Conservation Groups Announce New Campaign Focus
CANADIAN FORESTS IN GRAVE DANGER
State of Canadian Forests Much Worse Than Previously Thought
COUNTER CONFERENCE DECLARES
PRESENT LIFESTYLE UNSUSTAINABLE
“Widening Peoples’ Choices: For a Just and Sustainable Future” Sign-on Declaration
CONSERVATION GROUPS LOBBY CEO’S FOR WILDERNESS PROTECTION
Petroleum Industry Urged to Sign on
LETTERS
Spray Lakes Park Proposal Praised
SIX NEW SPECIAL PLACES SITES RECOGNIZE IMPORTANT VALUES
“Still lots of work to be done”
ASSOCIATION NEWS
Wilderness Resource Centre Open for Business
DECISION MAKING AS IF SOCIETY AND ENVIRONMENT MATTERED
The “Canada Well-Being Measurement Act”

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June 2000

Volume 8, Number 3

CONTENTS
US PROPOSES TRUMPETER SWAN HUNT
Canada’s threatened swan faces trouble in USA
ORGANIZATIONS TEAM UP TO PROTEST LOGGING IN BIGHORN COUNTRY
Alberta government plans Nordegg forest harvest
PRINCIPLES PROPOSED TO SAVE ALBERTA’S NATURAL HERITAGE
Alternatives to Bill 15
ALBERTA’S PROTECTED AREAS PERFORMANCE IN THE 20TH CENTURY
BUFFALO NATIONS CULTURAL CENTRE CANCELLED
Only two K-Country development projects remain
GOVERNMENT URGED TO STOP SPRAY LAKES PROJECT
SPECIES AT RISK ACT TOO WEAK
Extinction prevention flawed, says Canadian Endangered Species Campaign
WILDCANADA.NET
Information superhighway tools, training, and tactics for conservation
AWA NEWS AND SUMMER EVENTS

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April 2000

Volume 8, Number 2

CONTENTS
GREAT NEWS FOR KANANASKIS COUNTRY
Kan-Alta golf course proposal at Evans Thomas scrapped
PARADISE BESIEGED
New lobby group calls for more development in the four mountain parks
BIGHORN WILDLAND RECREATION AREA
Now open for logging
MONTANA SETS FOREST STANDARDS FOREST PRODUCT CERTIFICATION
Selecting the right program
WOODLAND CARIBOU PROTECTION
Guidelines ignored by oil and gas industry
CONSERVATION GROUPS LAUNCH FOREST CERTIFICATION PROCESS
CHEVIOT PUBLIC HEARINGS RE-OPEN
Federal court dismisses company’s appeal
PARKS CANADA WARY OF MINE
Jasper’s ecosystem at risk if project proceeds
CAW RIDGE NEEDS CHEVIOT-STYLE HEARINGS
LETTERS
AWA not radical enough member says
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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1993

Volume 4, Number 3 - Fall - Wise Use Newsletter

Winter 1992

Volume 2, Number 4 - Wise Use Newsletter - Action Alert

  • Paving Paradise – Bow Valley Development
  • Wind Valley – Provincial Significance
  • Untying the Planning Pretzel
  • Make Waves
  • Ode to the Municipality and Depts. of Forestry, Lands and Wildlife and Tourism

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- Edward Abbey
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