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ALBERTA'S COAL POLICY REINSTATED DUE TO PUBLIC PRESSURE

Today's announcement demonstrates that grassroots voices can make a real difference in ensuring that Alberta's special places remain protected.

This is s a welcome reprieve for future development in the Eastern Slopes. We urge concerned citizens to continue to press for a full stop on exploration and development activities until public consultation is completed and appropriate protections are in place.

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DEFEND OUR PARKS: SUCCESS!

The government’s plan to delist 164 parks from Alberta’s park system has been rescinded! Let’s take a moment to celebrate a victory for the environment, and reflect on the power of collective action to effect change. Way to go!

Read our full statement on this exciting news!

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Alberta is home to incredible natural spaces comprised of beautiful and varied landscapes, and rich biodiversity reflected in our abundant and diverse flora and fauna. Across the province, natural history clubs and their members are engaging Albertans in the conservation and appreciation of this natural heritage. Nature Alberta represents a network of these natural history organizations in Alberta.

CURRENT MAGAZINE

The Spring issue of Nature Alberta Magazine is now available to read online! To receive your own copy of the Summer issue delivered to your mailbox, subscribe by July 5, 2021.

FEATURE STORY

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Where Beavers Go, Surprises Follow

21 April 2021

BY GLYNNIS HOOD

It’s an usually warm day in January and my snowshoes are only partially necessary on the frozen ponds that aid my route through the Ministik Game Bird Sanctuary. As I rest against a beaver lodge to have my tea, I realize that after all these years, there is still so much more to learn about these rodents, which can engineer entire landscapes unlike any other mammal, other than humans.

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The Swift Fox: A Canadian Conservation Success Story

BY LU CARBYN, NIKKI PASKAR, KRISTY BLY, AND RICHARD SCHNEIDER

The swift fox reintroduction program successfully brought the fastest member of the wild dog family’s population from Extirpated to Endangered, and finally to Threatened. Although it began with an illegal publicity stunt by a game farm, structured efforts soon followed. Habitat conservation continues to be a key issue for swift fox populations.

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Making Sense of the Situation in Alberta’s East Slopes

If you are like most people, you may be having a hard time keeping track of what is going on in the East Slopes. First, the coal policy was rescinded. Then it was reinstated — sort of. Leases were awarded and then leases were cancelled. Yet a major coal mine is in the final stages of review. Keep reading to make sense of it all and keep your head from spinning!

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Alberta Parks Face the Loss of Park Interpreters

Alberta Parks may lose most of their park interpreters. Kate Corrigan explains why interpreters matter and why we should keep them.

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Concerns Regarding a Proposed Irrigation Expansion Project in Southern Alberta

A large-scale project to expand irrigation infrastructure in the South Saskatchewan River Basin has been announced by the government. Environmental groups have raised concerns about the impacts of this project.

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Alberta’s Coal Policy Reinstated

Today’s announcement demonstrates that grassroots voices can make a real difference in ensuring that Alberta’s special places remain protected.

This is s a welcome reprieve for future development in the Eastern Slopes. We urge concerned citizens to continue to press for a full stop on exploration and development activities until public consultation is completed and appropriate protections are in place.

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Coal at What Cost? Alberta’s Endangered Whitebark Pine Under Threat From Benga’s Proposed Coal Mine

Kelsey Fleming reviews the implications of the Benga coal mine on Alberta’s endangered whitebark pine.

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Red Deer River Naturalists requests public consultations on proposed coal developments

The Red Deer River Naturalists Society has requested that the government reopen the public consultation processes for the North Saskatchewan River Regional Plan and enable the public to comment on the cumulative effects of coal development.

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Province Pushes the Pause Button on Coal Development

Energy Minister Sonya Savage has announced that the province will cancel 11 recently issued coal leases and pause future lease sales in the Eastern Slopes.

Unfortunately, a pause is not the same as a stop.

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Society of Grasslands Naturalists Raises Concerns About Land-Use Decisions in the Eastern Slopes

The Society of Grassland Naturalists has raised concerns about land-use decisions in the Eastern Slopes. They urge the premier to adopt an integrated approach to planning that involves public consultations.

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A Fisheye View of Cumulative Effects in Alberta’s Southern East Slopes

BY SARAH MILLIGAN

The southern East Slopes region is both busy and ecologically significant. However, no landscape can provide an inexhaustible supply of benefits to humans. And in the southern East Slopes region, there are growing indications that a tipping point has been reached.

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Volunteer with your family to plant trees on Sat, June 19 to re-naturalize a green space in #YEG. Register now, to get your preferred time slot; the morning is filling up fast! This is a great way to make a difference for the environment and spend quality time outdoors with your loved ones. Nature Alberta and YEG Parks will ensure you gain a great deal of knowledge about trees, native flowers, and pollinators, and even hook you up with some freebies to add to the biodiversity in your very own yard. “Forests for Fathers,” is named for the weekend it falls on - any and all families/family members are most welcome!www.eventbrite.ca/e/forests-for-fathers-tickets-157665745489 ... See MoreSee Less
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