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Here you'll find the latest news and media releases from CPAWS Southern Alberta.

Aug 15 17

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Embracing multiple landscape values will support local forests, economies, and communities.
A new forestry report indicates the need for change in forest planning and forestry practices on the Southern Eastern Slopes of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. “Envisioning a better way forward for Alberta” by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), Southern Alberta Chapter, calls for the shift to an ecosystem-based management model, prioritizing values such as water, biodiversity, connectivity. Individuals and groups from Calgary, the Ghost, Bragg Creek, Black Diamond, Crowsnest Pass, Livingstone, Lethbridge, Pincher Creek, and Beaver Mines have spoken out strongly against industrial forestry practices that degrade forest health, water security, and detract from wilderness recreation experiences.

Jul 27 17

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The Interesting and Diverse World of the Understory.
The understory and forest floor of any forest eco-system is the most interesting and diverse of any part of a habitat! Well, at least to me it is. It is here that the shrubs, wildflowers, fungi, moss, and lichens are the dominant features. It is here in the understory that, in addition to the rich soil types, are the edible and medicinal plants of nature!

Jul 27 17

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New Immigrants Discover and Steward Parks with CPAWS SAB
Summer is a time where Canadians make the most of the weather and take full advantage of the wonderful parks we have in and around our cities. For New Canadians, there may be barriers to follow suit. Perhaps one might not know where the parks are, how to get them, what you can do there, if parks are safe places, or if there are any rules to follow. This is why CPAWS Southern Alberta provides workshops for adult new immigrants about parks, bear awareness and stewardship.

Jul 27 17

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Encouraging Government to Step Up Protection Efforts
New protected areas finally have traction with governments across Canada, but we’re still far behind most countries around the world when it comes to the percentage of land that we’ve protected. This week CPAWS release our annual report on the state of protected areas in Canada which finds that Canada ranks dead last among G7 countries in the percentage of land and freshwater protected for nature. The new report “From Laggard to Leader,” encourages federal, provincial, and territorial governments to step up their protection efforts in order to conserve Canada’s natural heritage, and deliver on our international commitment.

Jul 27 17

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More People Means the Need for More Parks, Planning, and More Stewardship
With celebrating Canada’s 150th and free entry to our national parks, Banff is bursting at the seams. On any given day this summer, you will find wall-to-wall cars heading on the highway to the mountains, and our national and provincial protected areas inundated with people experiencing Alberta’s amazing wilderness. From our recent Alberta-wide poll, we know that 76% of all Albertans are getting out and recreating on the landscape.

Jul 25 17

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Canada last among G7 countries in land protection, but improved performance possible
In its latest annual report on the state of protected areas in Canada, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is calling Canada out for ranking dead last among G7 countries in the percentage of land and freshwater protected for nature. CPAWS’ 2017 report “From Laggard to Leader,” encourages federal, provincial, and territorial governments to step up their protection efforts in order to conserve Canada’s natural heritage, and deliver on our international commitment.

Jul 18 17

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Calgary Coworking Space Donating July Proceeds to CPAWS Southern Alberta
HustleCo wants to celebrate their opening, and Canada's 150th anniversary, by giving back to this beautiful country. As HustleCo holds events, such as hikes and retreats, in Canadian parks and wilderness, they wanted to support a charity that is committed to Canada's wilderness protection. It is part of their belief that “Canada must always remain a leader in wilderness preservation, it is crucial for Canada’s identity for years to come.”

Jun 21 17

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Building An Urban Conservation Ethic
While much of CPAWS Southern Alberta’s work focuses on protection of our world-class wilderness and parks, there is an important link between wild and urban areas that is often overlooked. Calgary, and most urban centres in Southern Alberta, are in key locations, allowing easy access to wilderness. However, this close proximity also means that our actions, whether outside or within our cities, affects the larger landscape we live in.

Jun 21 17

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Celebrating Education and Stewardship Action
At CPAWS Southern Alberta we are celebrating our successes this year, as we commemorate the 20th anniversary of our education programs. We had another extremely successful school year in 2016-2017, surpassing our targets, developing new programs to add to our repertoire, engaging more students than ever in environmental action, and continuing to receive positive feedback from participants. We delivered 426 programs to over 8000 youth, teachers, and adult new immigrants!

Jun 21 17

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Making Connections Between Urban and Wild Lands
While we often think of conservation in the context of remote wilderness areas, it is vital to look at the big picture and recognize that cities play an important part in biodiversity and water conservation. With more than 80% of Albertans living in urban areas, it is important to consider the role our cities and towns play in conserving biodiversity and water resources in the larger landscape.

Jun 21 17

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Nose Hill: A Lifetime of Nature Connection
One of the flowing favorite places of my life has been Nose Hill Park. My mother and father were important in the fight to save it as a park in Calgary during the 1970s. Growing up, as kids, living in a nearby community, we played and explored there often. We also were regaled with stories of the “Spy Hill Jail” and dangerous men wandering about, maybe escaped convicts. It was this big beautiful hill of exploration and adventure and it also was an ominous place of danger. But mostly, it represented wonder, wildness and nature to kids growing up in an urban environment.

Jun 07 17

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CPAWS Capture the Canadian Wild Canada 150 Photo Contest winners announced
A dramatic photograph of a climber scaling a wall of ice in Waterton Lakes National Park has captured the grand prize in the CPAWS Capture the Canadian Wild Canada 150 national photo contest.

Jun 01 17

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Capture the Wild photo contest update
The winners of the CPAWS Capture the Wild contest will be announced on June 7th - noon MDT.

Mar 16 17

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CPAWS Welcomes Continued Investments in Parks in Alberta Budget 2017
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Southern and Northern Alberta chapters welcome today’s announcement by the government of Alberta that, as part of Budget 2017, “Working to Make Life Better,” Alberta is committed to investing in the province’s parks and protected areas, public lands management, and wildlife.

Mar 01 17

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Thomas Porter: One Fateful Day - a return to nature
I used to be the guy with the nice house in suburbia, the double-car garage, white picket fence and two dogs. I was proud of my accomplishments and believed whole-heartedly that I deserved the ‘things’ that I had – things like a boat, a camper, a 4WD truck and a dirtbike.

Feb 06 17

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CPAWS Celebrates Historic Return of Bison to Banff National Park
"CPAWS is very supporting of the re-introduction of bison in Banff National Park." Anne-Marie Syslak, Exective Director, CPAWS Southern Alberta

Jan 30 17

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CPAWS contributes recommendations to Minister’s Round Table on Parks Canada
Our national parks are supposed to be our most protected natural areas. Yet, for almost a decade CPAWS has observed a significant shift in Parks Canada's management of our national parks away from their legislative first priority of protecting nature towards a more tourism and marketing-focused agenda which is putting wildlife and wilderness in our national parks at risk.

Jan 20 17

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Castle Protection Edges Alberta Closer to Conservation Milestone
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) are praising the formal designation of the Castle Wildland and Provincial Parks by Premier Notley, Minister’s Phillips and Minister Miranda today.

Jan 08 17

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CPAWS Responds to Parks’s Announcement of Public Consultation on the Proposed Icefields Trail
Parks Canada has announced that it will be consulting with Canadians on the proposed “Icefields Trail” project, a new bike and walking trail from Jasper to the Columbia Icefield. This project was announced with no prior public discussion in the 2016 federal budget, which allocated $65.9 million to the project, raising many questions regarding the origin of the project and the transparency of Park’s Canada’s decision and project approval process.

Dec 13 16

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Protecting Headwaters Creates Debate, Wins Praise in Alberta Legislature
The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) are applauding a private members motion passed in the Alberta Legislature on December 12, 2016. Written by Cam Westhead, MLA for Banff-Cochrane the motion reads: "Be it resolved that the Legislative Assembly urge the Government to increase its efforts to conserve and manage public lands in Alberta’s headwater regions to optimize downstream water security for future generations of Albertans.”

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