New Nááts’ihch’oh National Park Reserve leaves wildlife habitat and Nahanni tributaries unprotected
Norman Wells, NWT -- The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes this morning’s announcement of a new national park reserve, Nááts’ihch’oh (pronounced naah-tseen-CHO), in the Northwest Territories. However, CPAWS cautions that the park boundary, announced by the Prime Minister, falls far short of what is needed to protect the ecological integrity of the world-renowned Nahanni watershed, leaving critical wildlife habitat, including caribou calving and breeding grounds, and source waters of the Nahanni River outside the park boundary.
Study shows widespread climate changes underway in B.C’s Oceans
VANCOUVER, BC - A newly-released report by CPAWS and World Wildlife Fund-Canada (WWF) reveals that the effects of climate change are reducing fish habitat on B.C.’s coast, threatening the province’s lucrative groundfish and shellfish fisheries. The study is the first regional synthesis of its kind to document observed and expected impacts of a changing global climate on B.C’s marine ecosystems and to identify which parts are most vulnerable to climate change.
Canada’s parks facing growing threats to their ecological health: CPAWS
Ottawa – In the run-up to Canada Parks Day on the 3rd Saturday in July, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is releasing a sobering report about the growing threats our parks are facing. The report highlights the dangers to our parks due to funding cuts; the loss of science and ecological monitoring capacity; and the growth of inappropriate developments within and adjacent to many current and proposed parks.
CPAWS Applauds Breakthrough Plan for Caribou in Ontario’s Northeast
The Ontario government today officially welcomed joint recommendations on an action plan for the management of the Abitibi River Forest by CBFA signatories that will increase the area of woodland caribou habitat off limits to logging from 170,000 hectares to 835,000 hectares. Our plan will also allow for forestry to proceed, with conservation measures in place, in other areas of the forest which are already highly fragmented and where woodland caribou have not roamed for some time.
Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development Releases Report on National Conservation Plan
OTTAWA -- Yesterday, the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development released the report of its study on a National Conservation Plan for Canada. Developing a National Conservation Plan was a commitment the federal government made in the 2010 and 2011 Speeches from the Throne.
CPAWS joins environmental groups in decrying the passing of Bill C-38
Last night, the federal government passed the budget implementation bill (C-38) that introduces sweeping changes to environmental laws and puts the future of our land, water and climate at risk. CPAWS is concerned that these changes will threaten ecosystem health and will reverse much of the progress that has been made in the past thirty years towards managing natural resources responsibly and protecting critical habitat for endangered wildlife. With the passing of this bill, we are now more committed than ever to ensuring all Canadians with concerns about the future of our environment will have their voice heard and their democratic rights defended.
Allowing ski hill redevelopment in Riding Mountain NP another step backwards for park protection
Ottawa -- Earlier today, Parks Canada announced an amendment to the Riding Mountain National Park management plan allowing potential redevelopment of the long-closed Mount Agassiz Ski area. CPAWS is deeply concerned that this decision is yet another sign that the Agency is moving away from protecting ecological integrity as their first priority for park management.
CPAWS welcomes protection of Chignecto in Nova Scotia
HALIFAX – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes today’s announcement by the Nova Scotia government that it has officially protected the magnificent forests of Chignecto with the creation of two new protected wilderness areas.
CPAWS welcomes federal funding for proposed Rouge National Urban Park
Today’s announcement by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Environment Minister Peter Kent of over $140 million over 10 years and over $7.5 million of ongoing federal funding to establish and manage a National Urban Park in the Rouge River Valley in the Greater Toronto Area is good news, according to the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS). New federal funding was the next step required to implement the federal government’s commitment to creating the Rouge National Urban Park.
Thousands Join National Black Out Speak Out Campaign
Every day, more Canadians and organizations are joining with environmental groups against the federal government’s attacks on nature and democracy. In the two weeks since Black Out Speak Out was launched by Canada’s leading environmental groups, the campaign has seen more than 100 groups and 13,000 people sign up to speak out on June 4th.
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