Forests and Biodiversity

Help Save Alberta’s Woodland Caribou

UPDATE: Thanks for howling with the wolves!

Dear Friend,

At Sierra Club Canada, we’ve been working to protect the woodland caribou for over a decade – but a recent decision by the Alberta government is a bad one for the endangered caribou. We were shocked to learn the Alberta government is being pressured by Big Oil and logging companies to NOT recognize its woodland caribou as endangered.

Alberta’s woodland caribou population is in rapid decline due to widespread habitat destruction in the Tar Sands region. Sadly, scientists estimate that in some herds there are less than 200 animals remaining and, in a new report, they recommend listing them as endangered.... Read more »

World sacred forests mapped out

A team of scientists from the University of Oxford are working on a world map which shows all the land owned or revered by various world religions. This "holy map" will display all the sacred sites from Jerusalem's Western Wall, to Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, to St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

Just as interesting, the map will also show the great forests held sacred by various religions. Within these protected lands dwell a wide variety of life and high numbers of threatened species.The sacred land mapped out by the Oxford researchers is not necessarily owned by a certain religious community, but rather contains sacred connotations.

They estimate that about fifteen percent of all land on Earth is "sacred land", and eight percent of all land is owned by a religious community. Much of the land held sacred is forest.... Read more »

Update on Pickering Airport development proposal

Transport Canada released a study on Monday July 11th, 2011, that suggested an airport would be needed on federally owned land in northwest Pickering some time in the next 16 to 26 years. Under the scenarios envisioned by the study, Pearson will likely reach a maximum capacity of 54 million to 60 million passengers annually between 2027 and 2037, up from 32 million now. Meanwhile, the international airports in Hamilton and Waterloo could see as many as 10.5 million and 6.9 million annual passengers, respectively – exponential increases, given that both airports currently serve a combined total of just 500,000 people every year.... Read more »

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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