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Coverage of wilderness since January 18, 2024.

Alberta cracks down on new renewable energy projects and EV drivers

"...Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society released a map of the province that it feels would be in line with provincial restrictions on new renewable energy projects..."


Ontario groups alarmed by changes to Endangered Species Act

"...Conservationists say the changes prioritize development interests over the protection of at-risk plant and animal species. A letter signed by 68 provincial conservation organizations outlining those concerns was sent last week to Andrea Khanjin, Ontario's minister of environment, conservation and parks. Canada's National Observer reached out to the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) for details about the proposed amendments but did not receive comments in time for publication..."


New Book

"...For many people who are not climate scientists, drastic recession of mountain glaciers is clear and persuasive evidence of global warming. Since most people have never been to a glacier, repeat photographsjuxtapositions of old photographs and recent re-creations taken from the same perspective at the same time of yearare often how they learn of disappearing ice. Indeed, these before-after images of receding glaciers have become icons of global warming..."


'We were blindsided': Edmonton seeking $82M in damages from U.S. company over electric buses

"...The city is seeking more than $82 million in damages from vehicle manufacturer Proterra in regards to a contract for electric buses. Edmonton purchased 60 battery operated buses from California-based Proterra between February 2019 and August 2021. On Aug..."


Pipe leak causes spill of over 135M litres of sewage into Red River

"...The city went on to explain that both pipes were installed in 1970 and are used to direct sewage flow from southwest Winnipeg to the South End Sewage Treatment Plant..."


'Surreal moments': Alberta photographer captures stunning shots during Iceland volcanic eruption

"...Being in the right place at the right time helped an Alberta photographer capture some surreal snaps during a volcanic eruption in Iceland. Kristopher Andres, from Banff, was in Iceland helping run a photography workshop. Andres, along with another leader and the 12 workshop participants were woken up early in the morning on Feb..."


Banff National Park cougar attack leaves 1 person with minor injuries

"...A cougar attack in a popular wilderness area of Banff National Park has left one person with minor injuries..."


One person taken to hospital after cougar attack in Banff National Park

"...LAKE LOUISE, Alta. A cougar attack in a wilderness area of Banff National Park has left one person with minor injuries..."


Conservation organization critical of provinces water advisory committee

"...It just seemed liked a glaring omission if we're supposed to be thinking about drought. It's an environmental issue (and) we should probably have people with an environmental perspective and background there, said Phillip Meintzer, a conservation specialist with the Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA)..."


Wolves: A Glimpse into the Life of an Icon Nature Canada

"...Yes, indeed, wolves are quite regularly reported, even in and around city centres such as Edmonton, AB. The North Saskatchewan River provides a convenient highway in winter connecting the city with the Rocky Mountains. That does not mean, however, that the species is integrated into highly modified, modern urban ecosystems..."


B.C. is counting poorly protected old-growth forests toward conservation targets, researchers say The Narwhal

"...In the midst of a biodiversity crisis thats seen a dramatic decline in nature, there are concerns creative accounting could undermine B. C. s conservation goals..."


Feasibility study will determine the status of protecting Manitoba's Seal River Watershed

"...“This secures one of the largest carbon sinks needed to fight climate change, critical habitat for a wide range of northern wildlife, and preserves the land on which Indigenous nations depend,” said Guilbeault. “We still have a number of steps to go, but this sets us on the path for the long-term protection of the incredible Seal River Watershed for current and future generations. ”..."


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Douglas Fir

The Story of the West's Most Remarkable Tree

"...Most intriguing of all, perhaps, is that the story of the Douglas fir has gone untold..."

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Jobs in wilderness

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

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Ontario wilderness course director

"...environmental leadership to prepare youth with skills to contribute to a better, more compassionate, and resilient society..."

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Canoes Guides

"...As a Canoe Guide, you will lead guests on unforgettable paddling adventures on Alta Lake and down the River of..."

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Atv/Buggy Guides

"...As an ATV/Buggy Guide, you will lead guests on exciting tours through the rugged terrain of the Whistler..."

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In-Resort Sales Coordinator

"...This position is in-resort focused and requires the candidate to be physically present in Whistler..."

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Recent episodes that mention wilderness.

FE4.3 - A Tiny Wilderness

Duration: 58:48

"...What can a brand new patch of nature tell us about Europe's ancient history?..."


Some of BC's Possible Old-Growth Deferrals Have Already Been Logged

Duration: 35:18

"...On Wednesday, the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs held a press conference to air their concerns with the deferral deadlines given to First Nations by the province..."


Here's What the New Deferrals Mean for BC's Old Growth

Duration: 44:32

"...Tuesday, the provincial government announced new deferrals and actions for old-growth forests..."


Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about wilderness.

Changing Seas - Our Oceans in Peril | Full Season | Free Documentary Nature

"...Seagrasses link offshore coral reefs with coastal mangrove forests..."


Weve created a new lake and the results are fascinating

"...With us, you will restore nature and fight climate change every month ..."


We are rewilding a quarry - heres why

"...We've been given a chance by our friends at Rewilding Portugal to help restore an old quarry and help transform it into a thriving wetland sanctuary..."


Why the Great Salt Lake is an Environmental Time Bomb

"...Not only does this threaten the local ecosystem, but hazardous metals in the exposed lakebed are also putting human lives at risk..."


Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about wilderness relevant to the latest news.

A dry future for the Everglades favors invasive herpetofauna

"...The Greater Everglades Ecosystem is a globally important ecoregion, home to 68 threatened or endangered species and the largest designated wilderness area in the Eastern United States..."


Greg Peters Our National Forests: Stories from America?s Most Important Public Lands Timber Press Portland Oregon 2021

"...Story themes include forest watersheds connection to water quality, tree growing science, restoring grasslands, native tribal forest management, recreational crowd control, wilderness system creation, citizen science to gather wildlife data, forest fires, and the challenge in developing diversity within the US Forest Service..."


Enhanced regional connectivity between western North American national parks will increase persistence of mammal species divers

"...Linking the Yellowstone and Glacier park assemblages by eliminating barriers to movement in identified mammal dispersal pathways and by incorporating adjacent wilderness areas and known ungulate migratory routes into a protected area network would greatly enlarge available habitat..."


The scientific value of fire in wilderness

"...With the goal of identifying the global scientific advances enabled by this paradigm shift in wilderness fire management, we conducted a systematic review of publications that either (1) selected protected areas for investigation because of an active fire regime enabled by wilderness fire management, (2) studied modern fires or fire regimes deliberately located in a wilderness area, or (3) conducted applied research to support wilderness fire management..."


Participatory GIS mapping highlights indirect use and existence values of coastal resources and marine conservation areas

"...We measured coastal values, explored regional differences in those values, and identified a suite of coastal and marine ecosystem services that Oregonians prioritize from the recently established marine reserve network..."


If a tree falls in the forest: terrestrial habitat loss predicts caddisfly (Insecta: Trichoptera) assemblages and functional fe

"...Context Understanding the specific natural and anthropogenic drivers of aquatic insect assemblages and feeding ecology is critical to managing aquatic ecosystems..."


Urban biodiversity suitability index: decoding the relationships between cities and birds

"...Here we present the Urban Biodiversity Suitability (UBS) Index, a spatially explicit tool that describes levels of environmental suitability for biodiversity based on several urbanistic and socioeconomic data through a wilderness mapping approach..."


"...Invasive insect pests are a significant and accelerating threat to agricultural productivity, they degrade wilderness areas, and reduce quality of life in urban zones..."


Long-term stability of temperate Australian wet forest-moorland mosaics despite recurrent fires associated with late Holocene c

"...Context The primary factors(s) responsible for the maintenance of Alternative biome states (ABS) in world forest biomes remains unclear and debatable, partly due to insufficient long-term ecological data from suitable ecosystem sites..."


Community-based monitoring in the Ponoy River, Kola Peninsula (Russia): reflections on Atlantic salmon, pink salmon, Northern p

"...Two keystone species?the Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) and northern pike (Esox lucius) as well as an introduced species, the pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha), were studied to determine changes to fish and fisheries..."


Beyond fortress conservation: The long-term integration of natural and social science research for an inclusive conservation pra

"...Such a fortress conservation approach is based on the flawed idea that local people's use of forests endangers biodiversity and therefore habitats should be protected by force if necessary..."


Environmental factors regulate occupancy of free-ranging dogs on a sub-Antarctic island, Chile

"...Here, we used camera-trap data to assess space use of free-ranging dogs on a sub-Antarctic island in the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve, southern Chile, which lacks native terrestrial carnivores..."