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Articles by Jill Sturdy

Jill has been working to protect wilderness and wildlife for more than a decade. Jill holds a BSc in Environmental and Conservation Sciences, with a major in Conservation Biology from the University of Alberta. She first became involved with CPAWS as a volunteer in university, and in 2001, joined the staff at CPAWS-Northern Alberta. Originally from Edmonton, Jill moved to Ottawa in 2005 to work at the CPAWS National Office. She became actively engaged in nation-wide campaigns, including CPAWS campaign to protect the South Nahanni watershed in an expanded national park reserve, and even had the incredible opportunity to paddle the mighty Nahanni! As the National Conservation Coordinator, Jill works closely with the CPAWS chapters across the county to protect Canada's wilderness and wildlife, including protecting Canada's Boreal Forest and woodland caribou.

A Lorax at heart, Jill is dedicated to protecting all things wild. Now, as a new mom, she hopes to instill the wonder of nature in her young son. Jill lives south of Ottawa with her son and partner.

Special adoptions keep wilderness protection in mind.


On June 14, a herd of 400+ boreal caribou arrived on Parliament Hill ready to be adopted by Members of Parliament and Senators. MPs and Senators were invited to stop by and meet their very own caribou adoptee and learn more about which herd he or she was from and what threats they face.

CPAWS kicks off World Ocean Day!


In the week leading up to World Ocean Day, CPAWS hosted a reception on Parliament Hill with the All-Party Ocean Caucus, co-chaired by MPs Scott Simms and Fin Donnelly.

Standing up for Jasper to honour my dad


Jasper National Park has always held a special place in my heart. In fact standing up for Jasper is what started me on the conservation path I’m on today

What’s in a forest eco-label?


In today's internet world, we're bombarded with information which can be both good and overwhelming. It can get complicated quickly if you're trying to shop eco-consciously, as you try to figure out if the product is actually "eco" and if the label is credible.

Eco-labels have been around for a while, but how do you know if it's credible?

In the forest product eco-label world, the gold-standard is the FSC logo. When you see that stamped on an envelope or a 2-by-4 you know that product came from a well-managed forest.


Connecting with nature on Nature Play Day


This Saturday, June 15, Canadians from across the country are encouraged go outdoors and play in nature. Nature Play Day, organized by the Child and Nature Alliance, focuses on encouraging kids, in particular, to get outside and play. In our busy, over-scheduled lives, it seems we have lost a very important part of childhood – unstructured playtime outside.

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