Forests and Biodiversity

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 »

Alberta parks legislation on hold indefinitely

Controversial Alberta parks legislation put on hold until this spring has now been quietly postponed again, indefinitely.

Environmentalists and legal experts have criticized Bill 29, the Alberta Parks Act, for taking away formal legal protections for Alberta parks. They also said it concentrated too much power in the office of the minister.

When the bill was on the verge of being passed in November, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Minister Cindy Ady suspended debate, saying she would review the concerns and introduce the legislation again this spring, with amendments.

"I have continued to listen to the views of Albertans," Ady wrote in an update posted to her department's website on Friday.

"While I had planned to bring park legislation back this spring, I will spend the time needed to address the main concerns raised by Albertans before moving forward with new legislation."... Read more »

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