From mountain top to valley floor, CPAWS-BC seeks protection for our province’s incredible wild places. Our goal is to create large, meaningful protected areas with ecological strength; places that can nurture nature through climate change and shelter biodiversity forever. Canada has one of the oldest and most extensive parks systems in the world. In addition to helping establish new parks and protected areas, CPAWS-BC acts as a watchdog to ensure that our existing parks are well-managed.
Wilderness parks are places people dream about and many animals rely on for their very survival. For humans, parks are where we recreate, get inspired by nature’s beauty, and revel in their clean air and clean water.
For wildlife, parks are havens -- places to roam, feed and raise their young away from the threat of human development.
CPAWS assumes that role increasingly. In 2010, CPAWS helped stop a poorly conceived run-of-river project in the Great Bear Rainforest. We currently add our voice to protect Atlin Lake from a harmful energy project. We also track potential wind power projects in the Muskwa-Kechika as these permanent installations have the potential to damage the world class wilderness and wildlife in the MK's Special Management areas, and in parks located near the project. It’s alarming to see increasing industry and private enterprise impacting parks – places that are supposed to be protected forever.
British Columbia needs to protect nature as significant climate change is underway. B.C. has a tremendous variety of plants and animals – these species survive in grasslands, mountains, northern boreal, coastal rainforest and ocean ecosystems. We need to protect strategic large swaths of representative land and ocean – places with a healthy variety of changing lifeforms. CPAWS remains at the cutting edge of climate change and biodiversity research.
The state of parks in Canada
Ever year, CPAWS releases an annual report on the state of Canada's parks. Read the most recent reports here:
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