Conservation Blog

Alberta’s Coal Policy Reinstated

8 February 2021

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

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

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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Province Pushes the Pause Button on Coal Development

27 January 2021

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

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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Panorama of Lake Minnewanka. Z. KOZOMARA

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

22 January 2021

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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Alberta Parks to Remain Protected

23 December 2020

BY RICHARD SCHNEIDER
Break out the champagne, it’s time to celebrate! Minister Nixon has rescinded the government’s plan to delist 164 parks from Alberta’s park system. He could hardly have done otherwise.

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Blue Aster Lake and Warrior Rocky Mountain Peak, Kananaskis Country

Defend Our Parks

17 November 2020

BY RICHARD SCHNEIDER

Albertans want more of our natural heritage protected, not less.

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Can Smartphones Kill Trout?

1 November 2020

BY MICHAEL SULLIVAN

Unlike birders, we fish lovers can seldom go to a lake or river and simply “see” a fish. To see one, we usually need to catch it. The question is: can occasional losses from catch-and-release fishing be safely ignored or are they a cause for concern?

It turns out that this question is harder to answer than one might expect.

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A Dangerous Man with a Dangerous Concept – Brad Stelfox

1 November 2020

BY LORNE FITCH

Over time there have been some notably dangerous men and women who have confronted the status quo, toppled conventional thinking, debunked ideologies, and pried off our blinders. Dr. Brad Stelfox is one of these individuals and cumulative effects assessment is the idea he is advancing.

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