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Action Alert: Quick Update on the Castle and Eastern Slopes!

March 9, 2017

Dear Wilderness Defender:

Despite the wintry weather, things are hot right now in the Eastern Slopes! This week, the Alberta government delayed the consultation on the new Castle Parks. This means you have until April 19 to tell your elected representatives and parks planners that you support the Castle Parks, and you want to see the Castle area protected for water security and opportunities for low-impact recreation and tourism. There are 5 ways to have your say about how the Castle Parks will be managed – keep reading! This is what AWA has submitted so far.

Just north of the Castle, the Livingstone and Porcupine Hills is undergoing land use planning. So far, we’ve seen progress towards better management of these important public lands – but we urgently need your help to tell the government to implement linear disturbance limits that will protect watersheds and biodiversity. Please send a copy of your letters to and Thanks for speaking up for Alberta’s wilderness!
-Andrea, Conservation Specialist

Take Action for the Castle

There are 5 steps you can take to give input for the new Castle Parks by April 19, 2017.

1. Do the survey at AWA has prepared a handy companion guide to help you through it. If you aren’t sure about answering the multiple choice questions, please take the time to write your comments in so the planners and the government know what is important to you.

2. Talk to your MLA (phone, email, or in person!)

3/ Write to Premier Notley at and Minister Phillips at

4. Write to Parks Planners at

5. Tell your friends and share on social media! #ConserveTheCastle #CastleParks

Take Action for the Livingstone and Porcupine Hills!

Land planning for the Livingstone and Porcupine Hills has been ongoing for the past year. AWA is part of a Coalition of conservation groups, ranchers, scientists, and local rural residents who have been participating in the government consultations for southwest Alberta. The Coalition agrees that current management on our public lands must be improved and the damage must be addressed. We need you to tell Premier Rachel Notley, Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips, and your MLA to:

  • Implement linear disturbance limits in our public lands to safeguard
    water and biodiversity
  • Complete recreation planning that will reflect the parameters of the
    land footprint management plan
  • Complete recreation planning that will take into account the
    proportionality and needs of all Albertans including non-motorized
    recreationists, landowners, and downstream users

Write or phone:

Premier Notley:

Minister Phillips:

Your MLA


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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