Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

Here is another interesting newsletter from Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society to read and share:

Newfoundland declares fracking moratorium! Breaking news! Your voice has helped make a difference. Yesterday, the government of Newfoundland and Labrador declared a moratorium on fracking, and will conduct public consultations on fracking policies next. CPAWS celebrates this positive development; however, Gros Morne remains under threat of industrialization. We now need to take advantage of this “pause” to secure a permanent buffer zone around the park to protect it from large-scale industrial activity.

Read our blog post about the fracking moratorium, and find out how you can help save Gros Morne!

Photo: Western Brook Pond, Gros Morne – Michael Burzynski


Urgent need for federal action on biodiversity and parksA new report today from the federal Commissioner for Environment and Sustainable Development says there’s a “wide gap” between what the federal government has committed to and what they’re actually doing to conserve biodiversity and protect ecological integrity in Canada.

CPAWS is calling on the government to take action now to reverse the decline in biodiversity by reinvesting in national parks and implementing a large-scale national conservation plan.

Read more here…

Photo: Badger – Tom Tietz


J.B. Harkin Award presented to 3 outstanding conservationistsAs  part of CPAWS’ 50th  anniversary celebrations, we presented the  prestigious J.B. Harkin   Award to three remarkable people in  recognition of their lifetime of  dedication to conservation and   wilderness protection. Receiving awards  were Harvey Locke and  John  Marsh for their work nationally on  conservation, and Ric  Careless for  his work regionally in British  Columbia.

Read more about their contributions to protecting Canada’s parks and wilderness…

Photo: Harvey Locke, Ric Careless, John Marsh (2013 Harkin Award Recipients) – Martin Lipman

Thank you for helping protect Canada’s species at risk! From  October 20th to  26th, CPAWS chapters across Canada reached out to our  supporters through  Facebook, Twitter and email to ask one simple  favour: give a small,  one-time gift to change the future for our  species at risk. The results? Together, we raised over $10,000 for species at  risk in just seven days!

We  couldn’t have  done it without you. A huge thank-you to everyone who  joined us for our  Week for the Wild at an event or by donating online.

Missed out on the fun? Get caught up on Twitter: #weekforthewild and be sure to follow us!

Photo: Canada Lynx – Ashley Hockenberry

4th annual Lobby Day: CPAWS takes on Parliament Hill CPAWS  conservation  staff and board members from every corner of the country  spent October  24th on Parliament Hill, running from one meeting  to the next with MPs  and Senators to talk about national parks and  marine protection. We had  lots of productive discussions on how to  protect and conserve our  natural heritage – overall, more than 60  meetings! Check out our photo album here.

Kim  Statham, board president of CPAWS Wildlands League in Toronto, shares her insights into the  day’s events. Read her blog here…

Photo: The CPAWS team on Parliament Hill

CPAWS oceans team dives deep in the Strait of GeorgiaEarlier this month, CPAWS-BC’s oceans team was joined by scientists, journalists, conservationists, Juno award-winning musician Dan Mangan and explorer/adventurer Bruce Kirkby on a submarine expedition to the ancient and delicate glass sponge reefs that we’re working to get protected in the Strait of Georgia.

Check out some of the great coverage of the dives in National Geographic and Global BC, and visit the campaign page to find out more about what you can do to help protect these marine treasures.

Photo: Sabine Jessen noses up to the sponge reefs – Bruce Kirkby

Canada’s boreal forest is “On the Move”
At the beginning of  October, CPAWS and our colleagues in the Canadian Boreal Forest  Agreement (CBFA) joined the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS)  at the Canadian Museum of Nature to launch a new educational initiative  called On the Move that teaches kids about the importance of the  boreal forest in Canada. As part of the initiative, the RCGS has created  a giant, traveling floor map to engage students in a fun, interactive  learning experience. CPAWS was happy to work with the RCGS to  develop the curriculum that accompanies the map in its travels.Read more here…Photo: “On the Move” map in action – Jessie Corey



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