Here you'll find official news releases from CPAWS.
On the occasion of CPAWS’ 50th anniversary celebration at the National Museum of Nature in Ottawa on October 23rd, Past President and Harkin Committee Chair Sherri Watson presented the organization’s J.B. Harkin award to three outstanding individuals for their lifetime service to Canadian wilderness conservation.
The awards were presented to Harvey Locke and John Marsh for their work nationally on conservation, and to Ric Careless for his work regionally within British Columbia.
October 2, 2013, OTTAWA – The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) Secretariat today launched its On the Move campaign with the unveiling of a giant, traveling map of the boreal forest that will tour Canada to showcase the unprecedented Agreement between the forest industry and environmental organizations.
The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement is the largest conservation initiative of its kind in the world. It’s only fitting you should have a large canvas to illustrate it,” said CBFA Executive Director Aran O’Carroll.
OTTAWA – August 20, 2013 – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is pleased to announce TD Bank Group’s commitment to support conservation work in Canada’s Boreal forest.
CPAWS' campaign to protect at least half of Canada's Boreal forests focuses on protecting the habitat of Canada's remaining woodland caribou. Caribou are essential to the health of the Boreal. Where woodland caribou thrive, the Boreal forest thrives; where they have disappeared, the forest has been compromised.
HALIFAX – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes today’s announcement by the Nova Scotia government that it will protect huge swaths of the province for conservation. In total, approximately a quarter million hectares of land will be added to the parks an protected areas system in Nova Scotia.
“Nova Scotia is emerging as a leader in Canada for the protection of wilderness,” says Chris Miller, National Conservation Biologist for CPAWS. “Great progress is being made protecting the most ecologically significant areas of the province, including important coastal areas, large intact forests, and rare species habitat.”
Ottawa – In the run-up to Canada’s Parks Day on the 3rd Saturday in July, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is releasing its 5th annual report on how Canada’s parks are faring. The report highlights some good news in the past year on creating new parks, including Tursujuq in Quebec announced in December – which is now Canada’s largest provincial park.
But CPAWS also warns that problematic trends continue, including inappropriate industrial and commercial developments, cutbacks to national parks and weakening commitments in some areas to expanding parklands. CPAWS has also identified opportunities across Canada where governments could take action to shift these trends in a more positive direction over the next year.
HALIFAX – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes the protection of Sable Island as a national park reserve. The legislation to create the national park reserve becomes law today.
“This is an important step for the protection of Sable Island’s unique ecosystems,” says Chris Miller, National Conservation Biologist for CPAWS, based in Nova Scotia. “Sable Island holds a special place in the hearts and minds of many Canadians and is deserving of the highest level of protection that can be afforded.”