Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – 50 years of caring for the wilderness

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A celebratory news

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is launching a special ‘Week for the Wild’ from October 21-26, 2013 to celebrate the 50th anniversary as Canada’s leading national voice for parks and wilderness.

CPAWS 50th Anniversary Cocktail Reception – October 23, 2013

As part of these celebrations, CPAWS will host a cocktail reception at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa on October 23rd from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., featuring the presentation of the prestigious Harkin Conservation Award to this year’s recipients. The Harkin Award honours individuals who have demonstrated a significant contribution throughout their lifetime to the conservation of Canada’s wild places.

Nature Nocturne – October 25, 2013

On October 25th, CPAWS is partnering with the Canadian Museum of Nature to organise the biggest Halloween party in Ottawa this year at the Nature Nocturne. This will be a unique opportunity to celebrate nature in style, complete with live music from the musical group Plants and Animals and special activities from 8 pm to midnight.

Share a moment of CPAWS history – share your story and photos

As part of the celebration, CPAWS would like to take the opportunity to showcase the “voices” of CPAWS over the years. The CPAWS team is building a special section on their website that will feature a “Family Album,” capturing stories and photos of the people who have been a part of CPAWS.

Would you like to contribute to the “CPAWS Family Album” and share a story that makes you proud to be part of CPAWS?

Please send your short story and photo to by August 26, 2013. Note: by sending your pictures, you will give CPAWS the right to use it for non for profit activities. Please include the name of the photographer and location in the title.

Evergreen trees reflecting in Hutchings Lake at sunset (Churchill River system), Saskatchewan

Sunset in boreal forest – Churchill River system in northern Saskatchewan


CPAWS activities in Saskatchewan:

CPAWS works to ensure that the provinces provincial and national parks are managed to protect the ecological integrity of the ecosystems they encompass. CPAWS sits at the Prince Albert National Park Management Plan Stakeholder roundtable and contributes a voice for the wilderness to the discussion. CPAWS is also active in the Grasslands National Park Management Plan consultations.

In southern Saskatchewan, CPAWS is participating in the South of the Divide Multi-Species at Risk Action Planning Process, aimed at developing a plan for 13 Species at Risk in Southwest Saskatchewan. Through our efforts with Protect the Prairie and Public Prairies Public Interest, CPAWS is also engaged in the efforts to maintain the strong grassland management practices that have been in place for decades as the Province moves to transition ownership and management of the former PFRA Community Pastures from the public sector to private ranchers.