A few months ago, I was introduced to the concept of Urban National Parks. I am sure many are aware of the term ‘urban parks’ or ‘urban natural parks’; they are found in many cities and towns across the world. Yet, adding the word “national” in the middle changes things up a bit...Despite being Canada’s largest urban park, Edmonton’s river valley has not been established as a National Park nor has there been an official initiative to establish it as one. Should it be? Would taking the river valley to this “next level” be feasible or even a good idea for Edmonton?
Since I was a little girl, I have had a craving for the outdoors. This meant exploring my backyard, playing in the park, going to my cabin, and making trips out to the Rockies with my friends and family. Just simply ‘being’ outside made me happy, and of course, it still does. For a city girl like me, sometimes it is hard to immerse oneself in nature without driving a distance. Edmonton, however, is a little different than most cities — it has the privilege of existing along a portion of the North Saskatchewan River, an area that locals refer to as the river valley, and which I know as my favourite part of the city.
"I had the opportunity to view Wood Buffalo National Park from a perspective that few get to see." - Alexis Clark explores the rocky history of Wood Buffalo National Park
An update on Alberta’s woodland caribou populations and a short interview with CPAWS’ own Tara Russell If you’ve been following the CPAWS Northern Alberta (NAB) blog or social media lately (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram), you know that we are all about caribou. We are all for the preservation of the face of Canada’s quarter, a key player in Canada’s boreal forest ecosystems. Unfortunately, caribou are especially sensitive to ecological disturbances and Alberta’s own caribou herds are facing huge risks. If industrial development continues as it has been, local caribou herds will not sustain themselves.
On Monday, December 5th, 40 grade 2 and 3 students joined CPAWS Northern Alberta staff (and Bou!) in presenting a caribou petition to the Minister of Environment and Parks, Shannon Phillips, and the Minister of Education, David Eggen. The petition contained thousands of signatures from concerned citizens across Alberta calling for the government to protect the province’s boreal woodland caribou.