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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.

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!

Jul 27 17

New Immigrants Discover and Steward Parks with CPAWS SAB
Summer is a time where Canadians make the most of the weather and take full advantage of the wonderful parks we have in and around our cities. For New Canadians, there may be barriers to follow suit. Perhaps one might not know where the parks are, how to get them, what you can do there, if parks are safe places, or if there are any rules to follow. This is why CPAWS Southern Alberta provides workshops for adult new immigrants about parks, bear awareness and stewardship.

Jul 27 17

Encouraging Government to Step Up Protection Efforts
New protected areas finally have traction with governments across Canada, but we’re still far behind most countries around the world when it comes to the percentage of land that we’ve protected. This week CPAWS release our annual report on the state of protected areas in Canada which finds that Canada ranks dead last among G7 countries in the percentage of land and freshwater protected for nature. The new report “From Laggard to Leader,” encourages federal, provincial, and territorial governments to step up their protection efforts in order to conserve Canada’s natural heritage, and deliver on our international commitment.

Jul 27 17

More People Means the Need for More Parks, Planning, and More Stewardship
With celebrating Canada’s 150th and free entry to our national parks, Banff is bursting at the seams. On any given day this summer, you will find wall-to-wall cars heading on the highway to the mountains, and our national and provincial protected areas inundated with people experiencing Alberta’s amazing wilderness. From our recent Alberta-wide poll, we know that 76% of all Albertans are getting out and recreating on the landscape.

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