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Sand and Gravel Operations Putting Natural Ecosytems at Risk

By Rick Schneider / 5 February 2022

The Red Deer River Naturalists Society are concerned that sand and gravel operations in Alberta are increasingly putting Alberta’s natural ecosystems at risk and is calling on the government to resolve deficiencies in the management of these operations.

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Coal Mining in the Eastern Slopes is not in the public interest: new report

By Rick Schneider / 11 November 2021

A new report from the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy indicates that coal mining in the Eastern Slopes is not in the public interest. The researchers conclude that the government should consider banning coal mining in the Eastern Slopes.

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Dancing Without a Stage – The State of the Greater Sage-Grouse

By Rick Schneider / 1 August 2021

BY TIMOTHY SHAPKA

As of 2020, the Alberta population of greater sage-grouse was estimated to be 72 individuals — down from the thousands that were present when we started keeping track in 1968. Timothy Shapka reviews the causes of the decline and what is being done to recover the species.

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Alberta Environmental Policy Update – July 2021

By Rick Schneider / 1 August 2021

In this post we examine the changes in Alberta environmental policies that have occurred over the past year.

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Alberta Parks Face the Loss of Park Interpreters

By Rick Schneider / 3 April 2021

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

By Rick Schneider / 31 March 2021

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 Chapter of The Wildlife Society – Annual Conference

By Rick Schneider / 22 March 2021

March 22-26

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

By Rick Schneider / 6 February 2021

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

By Rick Schneider / 3 February 2021

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

By Rick Schneider / 26 January 2021

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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