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Alberta caribou rally will ask parties to take a stand on habitat protection


Edmonton -- A rally in support of caribou habitat conservation will be held Feb. 13, 2008 at 12 noon at the Great West Life Building 9920 108 street, the home of Sustainable Resource Development, the department responsible for caribou and other endangered species in Alberta.  Supporting groups are asking all Alberta political parties to join them and declare their position on habitat conservation for species at risk in Alberta.  They challenge the Honourable Ted Morton to attend and inform the public on the intentions of the Conservative government with respect to protecting the habitat of the Foothills caribou herds.  They want to know why over 100 wolves have been killed to save the Little Smoky caribou, which has been declared as at immediate risk of local extinction, but no habitat has been protected.  They want to know what has happened to the Land Use Framework, why it has not been released and what will be in it to benefit caribou conservation and the conservation of other species at risk in Alberta.

Companies such as ConocoPhillips, Suncor and Encana will also be asked to not drill in the sensitive caribou habitat.  These and other companies will be targeted for their past and future activities in this area.

Speakers will also include members from a local group from the Hinton area together with provincial and national youth, environment and animal rights groups.  The rally is sponsored by the West Athabasca Bioregional Society, Sierra Club of Canada, Alberta Foothills Network, Voice for Animals Humane Society, Canadian Youth Climate Coalition, Greenspiration, and supported by the Alberta Wilderness Association and Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), Northern Alberta.

Companies such as ConocoPhillips, Suncor and Encana will also be asked to not drill in the sensitive caribou habitat.  These and other companies will be targeted for their past and future activities in this area.
  
Contacts:
Rocky Notnes, phone 780-865-7549 
Dianne Pachal, phone 403-234-7368 (Calgary)
Helene Walsh, phone 780-922-0809
Tove Reece, phone 780-922-4176
Cliff Wallis,phone 403-283-2025

Background 
Actions needed for woodland caribou recovery and other species at risk

  1. Protection of key habitat in permanent protected areas.
  2. Ecosystem-based management policies within the forest outside of the protected areas.
  3. Land-use planning that addresses wildlife habitat needs.
  4. The development and implementation of effective recovery and action plans, as mandated by SARA.