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.
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.”
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.
HALIFAX – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes the protection of Sable Island as a national park reserve. The legislation to create the national park reserve becomes law today.
“This is an important step for the protection of Sable Island’s unique ecosystems,” says Chris Miller, National Conservation Biologist for CPAWS, based in Nova Scotia. “Sable Island holds a special place in the hearts and minds of many Canadians and is deserving of the highest level of protection that can be afforded.”
Commitment to ongoing work with other forestry companies remains strong
On the third anniversary of the signing of the historic Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA), environmental signatories are suspending further work with Resolute Forest Products. We remain committed to continuing our work with other signatory companies to plan for protection of critical Boreal woodland caribou habitat and sustainable forest management practices.
The Lutsel’Ke Dene First Nation and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society are pleased to invite you to join us for special presentations in Calgary and Ottawa about an incredible proposed protected area in the Northwest Territories: Thaidene Nene (the Land of the Ancestors). Come and learn about this magnificent, large and bountiful land around and beyond the East Arm of Great Slave Lake, Northwest Territories.
Meet elders and others from the Dene community at the heart of this intact wilderness. Have the chance to learn about Dene culture.
Find out how you can help make this unique conservation opportunity a reality by lending your voice.
Who do you think deserves national recognition for their contribution to the conservation of Canada’s parks and wilderness? Let us know!
2013 - CPAWS’ 50th Anniversary
Since 2013 is a special year, the J. B. Harkin award this year will focus on life-long conservation efforts, nationally or regionally, in long-term association with CPAWS. Association with CPAWS is intentionally broad in interpretation, including financial, staff or volunteer links.