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

Nov 17 17

Playing the Long Game: Achieving Conservation Goals through Environmental Education
Canada is fortunate to still have large areas of wilderness, but we are not immune to the global biodiversity crisis. All ecosystem types in Canada are declining in health and the number of species at risk of extinction continues to grow each year. The main threat to biodiversity in Canada, like in the rest of the world, is the destruction and fragmentation of habitat. Rapid climate change is posing a further threat. Parks and protected areas play a key role in addressing these environmental problems. Canada committed to protect at least 17% of land and inland waters by 2020 and to more effectively conserve nature by improving the quality of their protected area systems. With only 10.6% of our landscape currently protected, Canada lags behind the global average of 15%.

Nov 17 17

Albertan’s Love Their Parks
Alberta’s parks are a core part of our culture - a recent study indicates that 76% of Albertans recreate outdoors and 88% want more wilderness protected. From large national parks, like Banff, to urban parks in our backyards, like Nose Hill or Fish Creek, these areas provide inspirational natural beauty and connection to nature. But parks are not just important for their scenic landscapes and places to enjoy the outdoors, they are also critical for clean air and water, biodiversity, species at risk, contribution to local economies and adaption to climate change.

Nov 17 17

Honouring Conservation Giants
At the Banff Mountain Film Festival, I saw a film about a young man who chased giants, the biggest old growth forest trees on Vancouver Island in an effort to protect them. It struck me that the people who get involved in such causes are not only inspired by the landscape they are trying to protect, but also by the people who have the conviction to do so. The giants are not only the wise trees but also the passionate individuals who are guided by their wisdom and who inspire others. This fall, we lost two members of the Southern Alberta community who each in their own way, were giants for conservation.

Oct 17 17

A Beautiful Forest
On September 22, CPAWS Southern Alberta celebrated our 50th anniversary, and half a century of conservation success in this region. Like a beautiful tree, we have come from strong roots and grown into a majestic forest. The seeds of the organization were rooted in national park management; fighting to protect our most protected areas from massive commercial development and access that would have changed these areas as we know them. As the first regional chapter, we helped establish the structure of the nation-wide organization; a model of local, grassroots volunteers and concerned citizens, speaking up for places they loved, with the ability to scale attention nationally when needed.

Oct 17 17

An Ecosystem-Based Approach to Forest Management
As winter approaches, we may start to see more big trucks hauling logs from our southern Alberta forests to sawmills, where they will be turned into lumber, fence posts, and mulch. Whenever I pass these trucks I wonder where they are coming from, how the timber was harvested, and what impacts it might have had on the native cutthroat trout or safe movement of grizzly bears.

Oct 17 17

Enchanted Forests
Our experiential interpretive hikes take place in the beautiful forests of our region. Forests are filled with natural teaching moments. Aspen trees are the Facebook of the forest, where animals (particularly grizzly bears) leave messages for other individuals. Many forests are made up of our provincial tree, the lodgepole pine. Lodgepole pines share important historical lessons, as they have always been an important resource this region.

Oct 17 17

Hike Report - Grass Pass
Earlier in the summer, Neil Williams from the Diamond Willow Hikers led a small group of CPAWS Southern Alberta staff and board members on a beautiful hike up Grass Pass in the Upper Highwood.

Sep 25 17

A Tribute to Max Winkler
With sadness we have learned of the passing of Max Winkler, a dedicated conservationist who served Parks Canada as a Park Warden for 28 years. Max was a friend of the CPAWS family. As a tribute, we wanted to share an article he wrote for our 2014/15 Parks Issue of the Green Notes Newsletter.

Aug 15 17

Embracing multiple landscape values will support local forests, economies, and communities.
A new forestry report indicates the need for change in forest planning and forestry practices on the Southern Eastern Slopes of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. “Envisioning a better way forward for Alberta” by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), Southern Alberta Chapter, calls for the shift to an ecosystem-based management model, prioritizing values such as water, biodiversity, connectivity. Individuals and groups from Calgary, the Ghost, Bragg Creek, Black Diamond, Crowsnest Pass, Livingstone, Lethbridge, Pincher Creek, and Beaver Mines have spoken out strongly against industrial forestry practices that degrade forest health, water security, and detract from wilderness recreation experiences.

Jul 27 17

The Interesting and Diverse World of the Understory.
The understory and forest floor of any forest eco-system is the most interesting and diverse of any part of a habitat! Well, at least to me it is. It is here that the shrubs, wildflowers, fungi, moss, and lichens are the dominant features. It is here in the understory that, in addition to the rich soil types, are the edible and medicinal plants of nature!

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