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22. Canadian Parks and Conservation Society

(Societe Pour La Protection des Parcs et des Sites Naturels du Canada)

(Latest update 2001)

Ottawa Valley Chapter
Marc Lange, CPAWS Workshop Coordinator
484 Sunnyside Ave.
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada KIS 0S9

(613) 769-8821
FAX: (613) 730-0622
E-mail: ao415@freenet.carleton.ca

Key Personnel

Marc Lange, CPAWS Workshop Coordinator (1996)

Membership (National Society)

11,000 members and nine regional chapters (1996)

Finances

(unknown)

Coalition Involvements

("75 organizations, scientists and individuals")

Sagamore Institute (listed only because it was the location of meeting place in New York)
Wildlands Project

Organization Description and Goals

"Founded in 1963, CPAWS is Canada's leading grassroots conservation organization. Over the years, we have helped protect 100,000 [square] km...of Canada's wildlands. We are also the lead national organization on parks management issues. We achieve our goals through advocacy, education and research, and we work cooperatively with other environmental groups, government agencies, First Nations, businesses and others." -May 1996 mtg. announcement

Comments

The Frontenac Link:

The goal of making a land bridge from the Adirondack Park across Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, and Franklin Counties across the St. Lawrence River to Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario is described in the main advocate's publication. It offers an explanation for a number of concomitant government actions noticed locally that seem to be part of a pattern to lock up for preservation a wide swath of land connecting the Adirondacks to the St. Lawrence River just east of Lake Ontario:

"The Conservation Potential of the Frontenac Axis:
Linking Ontario's Algonquin Park to the Adirondacks

"A Conservation Proposal from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

"The Frontenac Axis is a narrow bridge of lands underlain by precambrian bedrock which runs between Ontario's Algonquin Provincial Park and the Adirondack Mountains in New York. It links related biological communities along a major geographic feature and forms the most extensive, least degraded north-south corridor across the St. Lawrence River. This area is flanked by extensive agriculture and urbanization and ecological stresses are increasing.

"In response, both the Ottawa Valley chapter and the national arm of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) are proposing the development of a bi-national Algonquin to Adirondacks (A2A) conservation strategy with a goal to maintain and restore the ecological integrity of the Frontenac Axis (Figure 1)."

"The A2A proposal complements a companion bi-national initiative spanning the Rocky Mountains. CPAWS is working cooperatively with the Wildlands Project and over 75 organizations, scientists and individuals on the Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y) Biodiversity Strategy, which aims to establish an interconnected system of protected areas, wildlife movement corridors and buffer zones linking Yellowstone in the south to the Yukon in the north. A driving-force behind this vision is our shared goal to sustain viable populations of large carnivores."

—from the invitation to "Workshop: Linking Algonquin to the Adirondacks," May 14-15, 1996, Sagamore Institute, Raquette Lake, NY

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