News and views on conservation in Canada, and updates from CPAWS chapters across the country.
“The earth is not dying, it is being killed, and those who are killing it have names and addresses.” - Utah Phillips All too often we don’t dig deep enough to understand the root cause of a problem, nor hold those responsible to account. Last week the Province of BC announced that it will kill up to 184 wolves in an attempt to protect endangered mountain caribou herds in the South Peace and in the South Selkirk mountains. Unfortunately, media coverage seems to be focussed on the rift that has emerged between conservation groups that support the hunt, and those that oppose it. What this fails to capture is that all of these groups are united in their call for government to address the real root of the problem, which is habitat loss, and to enact further measures to protect caribou from human disturbance.
2014 kept us busy protecting more of Canada’s amazing wilderness. But I’ll be honest, until a couple of months ago, we were feeling somewhat discouraged.
Yesterday, the Yukon Supreme Court issued a decision about a lawsuit concerning the Peel Watershed that was launched by two local first nations, CPAWS and the Yukon Conservation Society. Justice Ron Veale has ruled that the Yukon government must honour a seven-year process that led to the Final Land Use Plan for the Peel Watershed in 2011, which stated that approximately 80% of the 67,400 km2 area will be protected in perpetuity from industrial development.
On Thursday, Nov. 27, CPAWS' staff and board members headed to Parliament Hill to meet with 61 MPs and Senators throughout the day. It was a busy day filled with great conversation. Below are a sampling of photos taken from our various meetings.
The Department of Natural Resources identified four million hectares with minimal human impact (roughly 35 per cent of the island) and declared that these lands would be off-limits to industrial forestry and managed to protect large wilderness values. The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society welcomes this bold and decisive step.