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Here you'll find official news releases from CPAWS nab. Clicking on a link will you take to the chapter's website.

Dec 09 14

Mikisew Cree Petition to Place Wood Buffalo National Park on List of World Heritage Sites in Danger
The Mikisew Cree First Nation is asking UNESCO to place Wood Buffalo National Park on its List of World Heritage Sites in Danger due to growing threats from hydro-electric developments and oil and gas activities. The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and other concerned groups are supporting the petition.

Nov 07 14

CPAWS Calls for Wall to be Permanently Removed at Glacier Skywalk
CPAWS submitted a letter to Parks Canada calling for the Agency to require permanent removal of the black, fabric-covered fence at the Glacier Skywalk along the Icefields Parkway. This "wall" acts as an effective barrier to visitors to the park wishing to experience the view of the Sunwapta Valley, and privatizes an experience which was once open to all visitors to our parks.

Nov 07 14

Why Alberta’s Caribou are in Trouble
Ten years ago, the Alberta government drafted its Woodland Caribou Recovery Plan promising real and bold steps to protect caribou. What steps have actually been taken?

Nov 05 14

Return of Wolves to the Beaver Hills/Elk Island Area Should be Celebrated, Not Condemned
The presence of wolves in the Beaver Hills/Elk Island area just east of Edmonton is a cause for celebration, not condemnation, says the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s (CPAWS) Northern Alberta chapter.

Aug 27 14

CPAWS Files Legal Challenge over Jasper National Park Development Proposal
Parks Canada’s approval of a controversial concept proposal to build overnight commercial accommodations at Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park must be struck down because it violates the park’s management plan, says CPAWS and the Jasper Environmental Association (JEA). Ecojustice lawyers, representing CPAWS and the JEA, have filed a Federal Court lawsuit in an effort to quash the approval and protect Canada’s national parks from renewed commercial development pressures.

Aug 05 14

CPAWS Submits Comments on Phase 1 of the North Saskatchewan Regional Plan
On July 31, 2014, CPAWS Northern Alberta submitted its comments on Phase 1 of the North Saskatchewan Regional Plan. CPAWS Northern Alberta is calling for protection for the Bighorn Backcountry and Upper Foothills, the Beaver Hills/Cooking Lake Moraine, Parkland Dunes, a corridor along the North Saskatchewan River from Bighorn to Edmonton, and the Bodo Hills.

Jul 25 14

Parks Canada decision on proposed development at Jasper’s Maligne Lake contravenes park rules: CPAWS
EDMONTON – In response to Parks Canada’s decision to allow Maligne Tours’ proposal for a resort at Jasper National Parks’ iconic Maligne Lake to proceed, CPAWS is warning that the decision violates park policy and could put park wildlife at greater risk. Thirteen of fourteen proposals put forward by Maligne Tours are being allowed to proceed, including commercial tent cabin accommodation that directly violates the Jasper National Park Management Plan and other Parks Canada policies designed to limit commercial accommodations in Rocky Mountain national parks.

Jul 14 14

Canada’s Parks Faring Worse than Last Year: CPAWS
CPAWS' 2014 PARKS REPORT, released today, reveals positive progress for only a few provinces, while most parks and proposed protected areas across Canada are facing greater challenges than they were a year ago.

Jul 02 14

CPAWS NAB Welcomes a new Executive Director and Conservation Coordinator
CPAWS Northern Alberta is pleased to announce its new Executive Director, Alison Ronson, and its new Conservation Coordinator, Danielle Pendlebury. Alison and Danielle bring diverse skill sets to the organization and will play key roles both within the chapter and in the Alberta conservation movement.

Apr 09 14

CPAWS welcomes letter from former senior Parks Canada staff regarding Jasper resort proposal
Three former Parks Canada leaders have sent a strongly worded letter this week to the Federal Environment Minister urging her to reject a private company’s proposal to build a resort at Jasper National Park’s iconic Maligne Lake.

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