Dec 16 13

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Santa’s reindeer’s cousins in growing trouble across Canada, new report finds
Ottawa - In the first annual assessment of how well provinces and territories are enacting the requirements for conservation plans under the federal government’s National Recovery Strategy for Boreal Woodland Caribou, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and David Suzuki Foundation (DSF) find the majority are lagging behind badly.

Nov 05 13

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Environmental Commissioner’s report underlines need for federal action on biodiversity: CPAWS
Ottawa – In response to the Interim Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development’s report tabled today, indicating that Canada is lagging in meeting our commitments to protect biodiversity, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is calling on the federal government to take this responsibility more seriously by making wise investments and galvanizing action at all levels of society that will benefit Canadians, wildlife and the entire planet.

Oct 24 13

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CPAWS presents J.B. Harkin Award to three outstanding conservationists

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.

Oct 13 13

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CPAWS-BC hosts dives to examine unique glass sponge reefs
Vancouver – Today a team of scientists begins two days of submarine dives in Howe Sound in the Strait of Georgia to examine the state of ancient and mysterious glass sponge reefs discovered just 12 years ago in this area.

Oct 02 13

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Giant Map Tour Shows Importance of Boreal Forest to Canadian Environment and Economy

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.

Sep 18 13

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CPAWS welcomes announcement of emergency order to protect critically endangered sage grouse
CPAWS welcomes the federal government's announcement that it will impose an emergency protection order under the federal Species at Risk Act for the greater sage grouse – a critically endangered grassland bird that lives in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan. This will be the first time the government has issued an emergency protection measure under the federal Species at Risk Act, and will be an important step forward in fully implementing the federal Species at Risk Act. With fewer than 150 greater sage grouse left in Canada, the emergency protection order will impose obligatory restrictions to industrial use in an effort to protect the remaining habitat of this critically endangered bird.

Aug 20 13

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CPAWS announces TD Bank Group’s support of Woodland Caribou and Boreal Forest protection

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.

Aug 01 13

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Nova Scotia releases final protected areas plan

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.”

Jul 23 13

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CPAWS 2013 AGM Notice and Nominations for the CPAWS National Board Announcement
The CPAWS Annual General Meeting will be held via conference call at 8:00 PM (ET) on September 23, 2013.

Jul 15 13

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One step forward, two steps back for Canada’s parks: CPAWS’ 2013 State of Canada’s Parks Report

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.

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