What We Do
As population increases and the industrial footprint expands, Alberta’s wilderness urgently needs better protection than is now in place. Provincial protected areas are small and isolated, many of them allow industrial development and inappropriate recreational activities and many natural regions are poorly represented in the current network. The connectivity between protected areas and functioning ecosystems is essential to the maintenance of biodiversity.
We are the only independent province-wide organization working steadily for more than 50 years toward the completion of a protected areas network and the conservation of wilderness throughout Alberta. Our tenacity, longevity, passion and integrity are well-recognized and respected, providing us with a credible platform from which to defend Alberta’s wild places. Sometimes our successes are measurable, but more often, we know we are making a difference through “by-the-way” comments from members of the public.
We work with individuals and organizations across Alberta to increase awareness and help people become environmental stewards who care about the health of our wilderness and wildlife; who realize the importance of protecting the source of our water. We also engage politically on issues concerning wilderness conservation in the province in the areas of WILDLANDS, WILDLIFE and WILDWATER.
Our results from being actively involved in developing government policy over the years:
- the Coal Policy (1976)
- the Eastern Slopes Policy (1970s/80s)
- the Land-Use Framework (2007/08)
- Wetlands Policy (2008)
- Effectively opposed water diversion projects such as the Meridian Dam and the Oldman River Dam
- Worked tirelessly toward the protection of ecologically significant areas such as the Castle and the Bighorn in the Eastern Slopes, and the McClelland Lake wetlands in the mineable oil sands region, and Suffield, Milk River and Rumsey in the grassland and parkland regions.