CPAWS welcomes new protected areas for Nova Scotia
HALIFAX – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes today’s announcement by the Nova Scotia government that it will significantly expand the provincial protected areas system. In total, an additional 241,010 hectares of land is proposed for protection, creating 44 new protected wilderness areas, 120 new nature reserves, and 4 new provincial parks. Additionally, several existing protected areas will be expanded, including 32 wilderness areas, 10 nature reserves, and 12 provincial parks.
CPAWS welcomes Okanagan Nation Alliance’s support for a national park in South Okanagan-Similkameen
Vancouver – Earlier today, the Okanagan Nation Alliance and its South Okanagan bands announced support for establishing a national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen region, a critically threatened landscape that is home to 57 endangered species. This announcement follows completion of a comprehensive, two year feasibility study conducted by the Alliance, which concluded that the creation of the park will significantly benefit their communities. The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - BC Chapter (CPAWS-BC) is encouraged by this announcement by the Okanagan Nation and its bands.
CPAWS submits comments on proposed Parks Canada fee increases
In response to Parks Canada’s public consultation this winter on proposed fee increases for users, CPAWS is recommending that the federal government not increase fees for "Learn to Camp" and other heritage presentation programs. In CPAWS’ submission, we state that “these are key programs that will enable Parks Canada to introduce more Canadians to the benefits of experiencing wild nature, and help nurture a constiuency of nature lovers who will appreciate and support our parks system into the future.”
Click here to view CPAWS’ full submission to Parks Canada.
CPAWS welcomes legislation for Sable Island National Park, but oil and gas allowances worrisome
HALIFAX – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes today’s announcement that the federal government has introduced legislation in the Senate to formally protect Sable Island National Park Reserve under the Canada National Parks Act.
“Sable Island is a national treasure,” says Jennifer Smith, Outreach Coordinator for CPAWS Nova Scotia. “We’re pleased that we’ve reached the final stage of providing long term legal protection for this iconic wilderness.”
Canada falls further behind world leaders in marine protection: CPAWS Report
Ottawa -- Canada has made limited gains over the past 18 months in protecting our coastal waters, with the federal government and other levels moving at too slow a pace to meet the challenge issued by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) to protect 12 special marine areas by December 2012.
Call for nominations: Get on board with the CPAWS National Board of Trustees!
CPAWS is seeking replacements for 5 Trustees who will be completing their terms near the end of 2013. Nominations are due by March 31, 2013. The slate of nominees will be selected by the end of May and presented to members for their approval at the Annual General Meeting on September 24th.
Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation Receives Prestigious Arctic Inspiration Prize
VANCOUVER - Members of the Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation (LKDFN) from the Northwest Territories were chosen as one of the recipients of the prestigious Arctic Inspiration Prize for their efforts to create a sustainable and prosperous future that balances conservation of a way of life and the environment with economic growth.
Québec creates Canada’s largest provincial park
Montreal -- The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) warmly welcomes the creation of Tursujuq park, announced today by the Québec government. At 26 000 km2, more than four times the size of Prince Edward Island, Tursujuq is now the largest provincial park in Canada – and among the largest protected areas in the world.
CPAWS welcomes Bowater land purchase in Nova Scotia
HALIFAX – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes yesterday’s announcement by the Nova Scotia government that it has acquired all of the Bowater lands for sale in the province.
CPAWS joins environmental groups, First Nations in opposition to omnibus Bill C-45
TORONTO – First Nations and environmental, recreation and grassroots groups supported by more than half a million Canadians today issued an open letter opposing the federal government’s controversial second omnibus bill, C-45, as the proposed legislation enters final rounds of debate in Parliament this week.
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