Albertaâ€™s Parks and Protected Areas are spectacular examples of the provinceâ€™s rich natural heritage and biodiversity. CPAWS actively campaigns to keep them this way and to expand their existing network. CPAWS' work focuses on both national and provincial parks within Alberta. In northern Alberta, we work with three national parks (Jasper, Elk Island, and Wood Buffalo National Park), and numerous provincial parks, wilderness areas, and public recreation areas.
Alberta is blessed with wonderful natural treasures. Alberta's parks and protected areas attract over 8.5 million visitors each year - 90% of whom are Albertans. However, these treasures are on the verge of becoming lost forever.
Alberta is home to 6 natural regions (21 subregions), each of which should be protected by the parks system. Only 12.5% of Alberta is in a protected area with 1/3 protected by the Province and 2/3 in Alberta’s five National Parks. Four of the 6 natural regions have less than 4% protection.
When wilderness falls in a park or protected area we assume this means it is in fact protected (i.e. safe from threats and ecologically healthy). Unfortunately this is not the case. Alberta parks are facing numerous threats and pressures compromising the health, or ecological integrity, of Alberta's wilderness.
Alberta's Parks and Protected Areas need:
CPAWS campaigns for new parks and protected areas and acts as a watchdog for existing parks and protected areas.
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