Southern Alberta’s wilderness contains a diversity of rich landscapes. From our picturesque prairie grasslands, rolling foothills, inspiring parklands, and into our epic Rocky Mountains – these places are special to us all. CPAWS Southern Alberta is dedicated to protecting and preserving our wilderness spaces today and for future generations.

Current issues

At one time, large expanses of diverse grass, wildflower and shrub species stretched across much of Canada. Unfortunately, grasslands are now one of the most endangered ecosystems in North America. It is estimated that up to 75 per cent of Canada’s natural grasslands have been lost due to development and conversion to agriculture. In Alberta only 43 per cent of native grasslands remain. The CPAWS Southern Alberta Chapter is working to protect what remains of native grasslands and the critical habitat they provide.
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The Castle Wilderness
Recently the Government of Alberta announced its intention amend the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP) to protect the Castle as a Wildland and Provincial Park. This is an integral step to preserve clean water for downstream communities, safeguard our province’s biodiversity, provide habitat to important wildlife such as grizzly bear and cutthroat trout and provide places for Albertans to connect to nature. But the work is not done yet!
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Yellowstone to Yukon
CPAWS Southern Alberta works within the Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y) region. This landscape scale vision is a network of core protected areas combined with an interconnected series of wildlife corridors running 3,200 km up the Rocky Mountains from Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming to northern Yukon. CPAWS’ long-term conservation vision for this region is to ensure a wide corridor of connected conservation areas in the Canadian portion of the Y2Y corridor.
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