News and views on conservation in Canada, and updates from CPAWS chapters across the country.
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.
Thirty-six thousand feet in a metal bird, gazing at the clouds below, I ponder my time at the Congress. My thoughts quickly drift to the grand size of the affair. Over 5,000 professionals from across the globe gathered to share what they know, andlearn more, about what we do. What we do, in one form or another, is labour to move the needle forward on conserving earth’s great natural lands and waters to ensure a healthy future for people and wildlife. A challenge, I believe, that is both motivating and unsettling at the same time.
My day started by attending an interesting conservation science session on achieving biodiversity outcomes in protected areas. There's a broad concensus that parks do work to protect biodiversity, but that their success depends in part on investing in strong management measures. John Robinson from the Wildlife Conservation Society reminded us that there are many large mammals, like tigers and elephants, whose ranges have collapsed into parks and protected areas, which act as their last refuges, and important sources for these species to return to the larger landscape. He also pointed out the importance of managing parks as part of the broader landscape because they are generally not big enough on their own to sustain wide- ranging species. This is certainly the case in Canada, and one of the reasons CPAWS is working on large landscape scale conservation initiatives like the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, and the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement.