Forests and Biodiversity

Students have fun while plotting the future of our forests

The theme of this year's World Environment Day (WED) was forests.

From  article by Danielle Milley, June 8, 2011

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While movers and shakers from the environmental and political spheres had their moment Monday morning, the rest of the United Nations World Environment Day North American event at Evergreen Brick Works was about the future leaders.

Fifty students from North Kipling Junior Middle School took part in a special interactive workshop with American astronaut Mae Jemison called Forests Matter to Youth, Too. ... Read more »

Rallies were held today in Calgary to protest logging

Residents of southern Alberta came to Calgary on Wednesday to protest logging in a nearby protected area.

The Castle Special Management Area is a protected part of the province located just north of Waterton Lakes National Park.

The provincial government is allowing Spray Lakes Sawmill to start work there later this month.

People gathered outside of the McDougall Centre to protest the construction, due to the effect it would have on wildlife.

The group has rallied several times over the past year, but some say that this month is key because the sawmill work is scheduled to start soon.

"We really hope something is going to happen sooner rather than later because Spray Lakes could start building roads the end of this month," says Gordon Petersen of the Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition.
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2011 is the International Year of Forests: how are YOU getting involved?

By Emma Cane

Photo: Min. of Natural Resources

The United Nations has declared 2011 as “International Year of Forests” in hopes of raising global awareness of sustainable forest management, conservation and the living legacy to be passed on to future generations. But what does that mean to us?... Read more »

Action Alert: Save Castle Special Place

Action Deadline: 
Mon, 2011-03-14 (All day)
  • Write a short letter to Premier Stelmach.

Stop Logging in Castle Special Place


Clear-cutting has begun in Castle Protected Area

Use Your Leverage as a Visitor or Voter to Stop Clear-Cutting in Alberta's Costa Rica!

For the latest news see our Castle update webpage

It's URGENT you act because Spray Lake Sawmill's bulldozers are now building logging roads in former national park lands to clear-cut what today is the heart of the Castle Special Management Area -- a Government of Alberta designated Special Place protected area in the Rocky Mountains of southwest Alberta. As Alberta's Legislature and new Premier go back to work, you can use your leverage as a potential visitor to Alberta or voter in Alberta to save this vital part of the international Crown of the Continent ecosystem and National Geographic geotourism area.

Help local residents and businesses who, despite the bitter cold, occupied the Castle for three weeks and maintained a picket-line that held back clear-cut logging from starting.... Read more »

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