Caribou - Endangered

Going, going, gone? Beset by predation and shrinking habitat, the future of the woodland caribou in the Rockies looks grim

In the summer of 2008, a photographer spotted a white female wolf that had been trailing a pack in the Sunwapta region south of the Jasper townsite.

Given the distance that this wolf was keeping between herself and the other animals, it was apparent she had not yet been accepted.

That all changed some time later when one male, which had been previously captured and radio-collared, began venturing off on his own. The female joined him. Together, with another wolf, the trio formed what eventually came to be known as the Cavell Pack.

As part of a broader effort to find out where these and other wolves were going in Jasper National Park and what they were preying on, Parks Canada had several more animals in the park collared. By chance, the white wolf was one of them.... Read more »


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Alberta’s wetlands policy falls flat

A provincial decision to scrap a proposed no-net-loss wetlands policy, designed by a multi-stakeholder group, is being met with frustration by environmental and conservation groups.

The Alberta Water Council, a 25-member group of industry, environmental and provincial government members, proposed that destroyed wetlands be replaced on a one-to-one ratio or higher.

Two of AWC’s members — groups representing oil, gas and mining industries — opposed that ratio, arguing it was cost-prohibitive. The province sided with those two groups, favouring replacing wetlands based on their value.

A spokesperson for Alberta Environment says the government accepted all of AWC’s recommendations except the no-net-loss policy “because it wouldn’t be practical to apply” provincewide because of “distinct geographical differences.”... Read more »

First Nations fill EU in on oilsands

A group of European Union politicians investigating the Alberta oilsands got an earful Friday from First Nations leaders concerned about the environmental and health impacts of the operations.

The leaders wanted to ensure that the visiting delegates returned with a more complete picture of oilsands development than what they received from government and industry, said Eriel Deranger of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. "We wanted them to realize the true impacts, not just on the environment but on people, especially indigenous people," she said of the meeting in Ottawa. "The delegation didn't have a lot of opportunities to hear the opposition on their (oilsands) tour."... Read more »

Alberta likely headed into “Park-gate” with overhaul of the parks legislation

Calgary -  Breaking news!  The Stelmach government has introduced a new parks Act that conservation groups expect will undermine more than four decades of protection for Alberta’s provincial network of parks, if the likely changes are not defeated by a public outcry now.  Concepts that the new Act is based on were put out last summer for public input through a question and answer form on the government’s website.  Those include col­lapsing Natural Areas, Wilderness Areas, Wildland Parks, Ecological Reserves, Provincial Recreation Areas and Provincial Parks into only one kind of park, where the new parks Act would entrench dis­cretion for the Minister to approve commercial tourism development in any park.  The Tourism, Parks and Recreation Minister has not released a synthesis of the input they got on their concepts for the new Act, nor has she or her department held any technical briefings or meetings with the concerned public.  O... Read more »


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