Help Preserve Wildlife, Wild Land and Water!
Peaks & Pines via Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge is proud to share 5% of all profits with the Alberta Wilderness Association and help in their fight to preserve Wildlife, Wildland and Water here in Alberta.
Alberta Wilderness Association - who they are!
Around a kitchen table at a home near Pincher Creek, a group of concerned friends gathered and the conversation brought them to the last backpacking trip they were on, the day they were out looking through their scope for Bighorn sheep and the changes they were seeing on the landscape. The changes that were affecting wildlife, the quiet they once knew, the dust in the air, the growing logging and oil and gas activity and the changes in how they could enjoy the wilderness they had always known. Feisty and part of the 60’s revolution, this group of formidable people with the vision to realize something must be done to protect wild spaces sought the help of government and other organizations that they thought would be concerned too. In the end, they were the ones who would advocate and speak up for wildlife and wilderness and they formed the Alberta Wilderness Association. More than 50 years later, almost certainly they had no idea their concerns would be felt as strongly today as it was in the beginning.
While Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) works throughout Alberta, it is an especially crucial time now for the Castle Wilderness of southeast Alberta. The long overdue protection needed for the Castle Wilderness is as close as it has ever been. This wilderness is often referred to as restoration wilderness, largely because of the overuse and abuse it has suffered from multiple competing interests. It is time to let nature take its course and help restore vital headwater security and habitat for threatened and endangered species like native trout, grizzly bears and truly rare plants and trees.
That the vision and determination the founding members of Alberta Wilderness Association had has helped so many become aware and speak up for wildlife and wilderness is a priceless legacy; one well beyond their imaginings. Today with more than 7000 members and supporters, we are dependent on the vision and determination of people throughout the province to help us be strong and to make a difference in the legacy we will leave generations to come.
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.
AWA is 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.
AWA works 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 Water.