Here you'll find the latest news and media releases from CPAWS Southern Alberta.
Mar 16 17CPAWS 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 17Thomas 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 17CPAWS 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 17CPAWS 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 17Castle 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 17CPAWS 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 16Protecting 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.”
Sep 27 16Bison panel featured at CPAWS Southern Alberta annual general meeting
Calgary, Alta. Sept. 25 - Bison experts will lead a panel discussion, The Bison Belong and Beyond, following the annual general meeting of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Southern Alberta chapter (CPAWS SAB), in Calgary on Sept. 29, 2016.
Sep 21 16CPAWS partners with Tim Horton Children’s Foundation to bring environmental education to camp-goers
CPAWS Southern Alberta partners with Tim Horton Children’s Foundation camps to help underprivileged youth connect to nature and become environmental stewards
Artist Lisa Thomson is inspired to capture the beauty of nature on canvas
Using primarily oils, Lisa Thomson captures nature's beauty on canvas.
Nature in Alberta is a breath of fresh air for Myra Paul
Myra Paul's appreciation for Canada's green spaces and fresh air inspires her to volunteer as CPAWS Southern Alberta sponsorship coordinator.
Students role play to learn what hazards wildlife face
Grizzly Bears Forever is a student activity where students learn how important it is for young animals to disperse, find a home and spread the family genes into another area. By taking on the role of their favourite animal, students try to help their offspring disperse into new habitat areas - or deal with the horrible consequences!
Long before Pokemon Go, there was geocaching
Before the Pokemon Go craze a quieter subculture was searching for secret stashes at specified coordinates, a pursuit called geocaching.
Sep 19 16New report: more work needed to protect the Castle Park
A new report released earlier this month by Global Forest Watch Canada raises concerns about land-use in the new Castle Wildland and Provincial Parks.
Sep 14 16The Case for Coal: The Proposed Open Pit Mine in Crowsnest Pass
Amid the phase-out of coal-fired power in Alberta, Crowsnest Pass confronts the possibility of a new mine – and the existential dilemma that comes with it
Sep 07 16New Report Highlights Opportunity for Restoration in the Castle
A new report released Tuesday (September 6) by Global Forest Watch Canada is raising concerns about land-use in the new Castle Wildland and Provincial Parks, and has prompted two leading conservation organizations to call on the Alberta government to set up a forest restoration program to reverse the damage to the area while creating new jobs.
Sep 06 16Still Waiting for the Castle Parks
On September 4, 2015, the Government of Alberta announced its intention to fully protect the Castle area in southwestern Alberta as a Provincial and Wildland Provincial Park.
Aug 29 16People in nature: Volunteer Manager Marcella Garcia-Carrillo
Volunteer manager valuable to CPAWS work
Aug 29 16CPAWS Southern Alberta Recognized for Excellence in Environmental Education
CPAWS Southern Alberta recognized for excellence in Environmental Education and Communication
Aug 26 16Taking art outdoors
Restore yourself in nature! Try a new outdoor activity such as sketching or plein air painting.