Canadian Parks and Wilderness

Here’s CPAWS latest newsletter to read and share-be sure to click the link to read the whole thing:

Breaking news: Yukon opens Peel watershed to industrial development The Yukon Government recently announced its decision to adopt a new land-use plan that leaves 71% of the world-famous Peel Watershed open to industrial development. This goes directly against the recommendations of the Peel Watershed Planning Commission to protect 80% of the region – a number informed by years of consultations with First Nations, scientists, stakeholders and thousands of people from within the Yukon and Canada.
Read more…
Photo: Peter Bowers 
NWT conservation opportunity of Olympic proportions: Thaidene NeneDid you know that Clara Hughes, the world’s only Olympian to have won multiple medals at both the summer and winter games, has a special link to the people and landscape of the Northwest Territories?
Watch this great video of Clara on location with us in Lutsel K’e and in the proposed national park reserve of Thaidene Nene (the Land of the Ancestors) at the East Arm of Great Slave Lake.
Find out more about Thaidene Nene…
Photo: Amos Scott 
An epic adventure through Ontario’s Ring of FireLast year, people from across the country participated in CPAWS and MEC’s The Big Wild Challenge, competing for a grand prize for the most epic challenge of the year – a 7-day adventure for two at the Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge in Manitoba, generously offered by Churchill Wild.
We’d like to congratulate superstar adventurers and epic challenge winners Conor and Kim Mihell, who headed out on a 23-day canoe trip through Ontario’s Ring of Fire region in the Far North of the province last fall and raised nearly $1000 for CPAWS. To read about their adventure, check out our blog post featuring their epic challenge!
Photo courtesy of Conor and Kim Mihell
Jasper’s Maligne Lake still under threat Jasper National Park’s Maligne Lake – home to Spirit Island and one of the most iconic landscapes in the Canadian Rockies – is being threatened by a proposed hotel development. Nearly 2,000 people have voiced their opposition against this development – if you haven’t already, please take a minute right now to write a brief letter to help save Maligne Lake!               Photo: Christian Abend
Love the Rouge: Protect our Nature The proposed Rouge National Urban Park in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is an opportunity to protect and restore an important ecosystem in Canada’s largest urban centre, and to provide millions of Canadians with the chance to directly experience wild nature without leaving the city. In such a busy urban landscape, assuring the long-term health of the park will require strong management tools that prioritize conservation and provide clear guidance for visitor use.Help ensure the park is well protected for current and future generations of Canadians to appreciate and enjoy. Add your voice for protecting nature in the Rouge! 
Prioritizing pipelines over people and environmental protection In December, the Joint Review Panel of the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project announced their recommendation to the federal government to approve the project, despite evidence that there “would likely be significant cumulative adverse effects” on both caribou and grizzly bears, saying that these effects “can be justified.”
This pipeline is an enormous threat to wildlife and wilderness in B.C., impacting ecologically important areas that CPAWS-BC is working with local communities to protect, including the Yellowstone to Yukon region, Hecate Strait, Scott Islands, and Gwaii Haanas.
Read more about CPAWS’ reaction…Photo: Alana Elliot
The CPAWS team is growing! We’re happy to be welcoming two new staff members to our national office team:

Florence Daviet, National Forest  Program Director: Florence brings with her many years of working on  forest-related issues and is a leading expert on Canadian and US forest  carbon policy. She will be leading the charge on our work to protect  Canada’s forests and save our endangered woodland caribou.
Lydia Treadwell, National Manager of Major and Endowment Gifts: Lydia brings with her a strong background in sales, tourism and fund development, with experience in politics and the non-profit sector. As part of the CPAWS national development team, she will play a key role in building new networks of support for the organization.
Interested in joining CPAWS’ National Board?
We’re seeking candidates for CPAWS’ national board who wish to combine a passion for wilderness with  expertise in one of the following areas: conservation, campaign planning and implementation, fundraising, communications, human resources or law, to replace three retiring Trustees. We especially seek representation from the Maritimes, the Prairies and Quebec, and from indigenous communities. Deadline for nominations is March 31, 2014.             If you’re interested, please send your resume to the CPAWS Nominations Committee or click here to find out more. Thank you!

Such a variety of great information and people striving to make our park safer, better and more well known!

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