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Welcome to the Canadian Council on Ecological Areas Bulletin Board. Here you will find news and happenings from Canada's governmental, non-governmental, and academic partners in protection. Through open sharing of information, we aim to foster networking, partnering and excellence in the management of our treasured protected areas.

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Ecozone spatial framework update for national reporting
Posted: March 20, 2014

The CCEA announces the 2014 update to Canada’s ecological framework.  This 2014 update is limited to the broadest level of ecological classification in Canada, the Ecozone.  This new spatial framework replaces the 1995 ecological framework as well as the temporary Ecozone+ framework used for the Ecosystem Status and Trends Report.


Gold Leaf Award Recipient 2013 - Stephen J. Woodley
Posted: February 23, 2014

The CCEA is truly honored to present Stephen J. Woodleywith the 2013 CCEA Gold Leaf Award, and thank you for your 30+ years of commitment and contributions to protected areas policy, planning and management in Canada and beyond.

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2014 Stan Rowe Home Place Graduate Award
Posted: December 13, 2013

The CCEA is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for the 2014 Stan Rowe Home Place Graduate Award.

Application deadline: Closed

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QUÉBEC -  Opémican National Park in Témisamingue is now a reality
Posted January 20, 2014

The Québec government has completed all legal and administrative steps to officially establish this park, the 26th in Québec’s national park network,which will generate over $40 M in investments in Témiscamingue over the coming years andcreate some 30 new jobs.

Opémican National Park occupies an area of 252.5 km2.. Environmentally speaking, this park helps achieve the objectives of the network of protected areas, particularly in southern Québec. It also supports the protection of part of the shores of Lac Témiscamingue and Lac Kipawa, Rivière Kipawa, several lakes, streams and wetlands, old-growth pine forests and various plant and wildlife species, including the Peregrine Falcon, a vulnerable species that nests in the territory.

Aich Target 11 Workshop Report
Posted October 18, 2013

The Canadian Council on Ecological Areas (CCEA) hosted a national workshop February 5-7, 2013, on interpreting Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 in the Canadian context. The workshop focused on the Target 11 phrase “… other effective area-based conservation measures …” (OEABCMs), which also appears in Canada’s proposed 2020 biodiversity goals and targets.  The goal of the workshop was to come to consensus
on and develop clear guidance on the interpretation of OEABCMs for the purpose of tracking and reporting progress towards meeting this part of Aichi Biodiversity Target 11.

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Posted September 11, 2013

Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Kevin Doherty announced the official proclamation of Great Blue Heron Provincial Park this morning.  In addition to being the first new provincial park to open in nearly 20 years, it is Saskatchewan’s 35th provincial park.  The park - located north of Prince Albert - encompasses Anglin and Emma Lake recreation sites and surrounding crown land, contains nearly 300 campsites and protects 11,168 hectares.


New Ecological Reserve is Saskatchewan’s Largest
Posted: July 4, 2013

Saskatchewan has designated a new protected area nearly two-thirds the size of Prince Edward Island.

The Pink Lake Representative Area Ecological Reserve, located 160 kilometres north of La Ronge, is now Saskatchewan’s largest provincially-designated protected area of approximately 3,660 square kilometres.  Compared to all other protected lands in the province, only Prince Albert National Park is larger at 3,874 square kilometres.


Plan Will Protect Important Lands, Enhance Parks - Nova Scotia
Posted: March 23, 2013

Nova Scotians are invited to define how the province’s natural spaces are managed and protected. The draft parks and protected areas plan was released by Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker and Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage MLA Becky Kent, on behalf of Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau.

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2013 Stan Rowe Home Place Graduate Award
Posted: November 12, 2012

The CCEA is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for the 2013 Stan Rowe Home Place Graduate Award.

Application deadline: February 22, 2012

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CCEA 2013 National Workshop - Interpreting Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 in the Canadian Context
Minto Suite Hotel – Ottawa, Ontario
February 4th to 8th, 2013

Workshop Program
Register here...

Posted January 23, 2013
Land-management plans for the Little Grand Rapids and Pauingassi First Nations have been finalized and approved, Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh announced today. The protected areas and managed lands are part of the Pimachiowin Aki UNESCOWorld Heritage Site nomination for a 43,000 square-kilometre area of boreal shield straddling the Manitoba-Ontario border

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New Brunswick - Expanding the Provinces' Protected Natural Areas
Posted October 16, 2012

The Province of New Brunswick has committed to doubling the amount of Protected Natural Areas on forested Crown Land. In accordance with the Protected Natural Areas Act, the Province will be holding open houses to engage the people of New Brunswick to provide input on the selection of new Protected Natural Areas from the candidate sites.


CCEA is now a member of IUCN
October 3, 2012

On 5 September 2012, at the 79th Meeting of the IUCN Council, meeting at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Republic of Korea, the Canadian Council on Ecological Areas was admitted as a new Member to IUCN.


JOB OPPORTUNITY-Protected Areas Species at Rick Biologist, Government of Ontario
July, 18, 2012

If you are passionate about the protection and recovery of species at risk, and the role of protected areas in their conservation,consider this permanent position.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, July 25, 2012 11:59 pm EDT. Late applications will not be accepted


2012 Stan Rowe Home Place Award Winners
June 21, 2012

The CCEA is pleased to announce that the following two graduate students? received the 2012 Stan Rowe Home Place Award:

Ms. Kelsey Molloy, Masters of Natural Resources Management Candidate, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, for the research project entitled “Impacts of cattle stocking rates and plant species composition on grassland songbird communities in a northern mixed-grass prairie”.

Mr. Yanick Gendreau, PhD Biology Candidate, Université du Québec à Rimouski, Rimouski, Québec for the research project entitled “Conservation in the context of climate change in Québec: analysis of vulnerability and adaptation strategies”.

Congratulations to Ms. Molloy and Mr. Gendreau! We thank all those who applied for this year's Award. The 2013 Stan Rowe Home Place Award announcement will be posted in December 2012 at: http://ccea.org/en_stanroweaward.html

Manitoba News Release: Manitoba Receives National Award for Protecting Natural Areas
June 21, 2012

The province continues to make great strides to set aside protected areas in Manitoba and has received the national 2012 Gold Leaf Award from the Canadian Council on Ecological Areas (CCEA) for ensuring the protection of private conservation lands, Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh said today.


CARTS Update
June 18, 2012

The Conservation Areas Reporting and Tracking System (CARTS) has now been updated to December 31, 2011 (v. 2011.12.31). Although this version took extra time to complete because of important considerations linked to IUCN classification, new versions will be posted as jurisdictional updates become available.


International Scientific Symposium to Discuss Environmental Issues in Québec's Northern Ecosystems
May 28, 2012

Québec was invited the international and Québec scientific communities to gain a broader perspective on environmental planning and northern biodiversity conservation. This international symposium was organized jointly by Pew Charitable Trusts, the Canadian Boreal Institute, and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. It brought together experts and scientists for a symposium designed to work toward a shared understanding of the major issues surrounding Québec’s commitment to protect 50% of the area covered by the Plan Nord.


Nomination Bid for Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Site Complete, Ready for Submission to UNESCO
Posted: February 14, 2012

A proposal to secure world heritage site designation for a large area of boreal forest in eastern Manitoba and northwestern Ontario is complete and ready for submission to the United Nations.

Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Project

Significant Boreal Forest Protection Secured by Province, Bloodvein First Nation
Posted: February 14, 2012

More than 3,900 square kilometres of Bloodvein First Nation’s traditional land has been legally designated as a traditional-use planning area which defines how the land and resources will be protected while guiding future economic development. The land-management plan will be part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site bid, which will be formally submitted in 2012. The land management plans of the Poplar River, Pauingassi and Little Grand Rapids First Nations, two provincial parks and the Pikangikum First Nation in Ontario will also form part of the UNESCO bid. Approval of the Pimitotah plan brings the total area of protected lands in Manitoba to 6.6 million hectares, or 10.2 per cent of the province.


Québec's new guidelines for the protection of 50% of Plan Nord's territory
Posted: February 14, 2012

Québec unveiled the guidelines regarding the government’s commitment to dedicate by 2035, 50% of the Plan Nord's territory to environmental protection, safeguarding biodiversity, strengthening the natural heritage and non-industrial development. One of the new guidelines is to create Protected Areas on 20% of the Plan Nord's territory by 2020. This will enable Québec to reach the international target set in Nagoya, which consists of giving over 17% of the land to conservation by 2020.


JOB OPPORTUNITY - Senior Conservation Ecologist, Lands & Protected Spaces Branch, Ontario
Posted: February 2, 2012

Are you looking for an opportunity to contribute to the conservation of biodiversity in the protected area system in Ontario? Do you want to use your past experience working with stakeholders and the public to shape the ecological sustainability and integrity of Ontario's protected areas?

The deadline to apply is Friday, February 10, 2012 11:59 pm EST


2012 Stan Rowe Home Place Graduate Award
Posted: November 12, 2011

The CCEA is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for the 2012 Stan Rowe Home Place Graduate Award.

Application deadline: February 10, 2012

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JOB OPPORTUNITY - Manager, Park Planning (Whitehorse, Yukon)
Posted October 12, 2011
Are you seeking a unique opportunity to influence the creation and development of new parks in a pristine and spectacular northern setting? Are you aware that Whitehorse, Yukon is only a two hour flight from large city centers and has all the modern amenities and services of those centers readily available to you here? Are you seeking a setting with a strong sense of community, a uniquely peaceful, diverse and affordable lifestyle, and an unusual leadership opportunity to create plans to establish and develop parks, recreation sites, and contribute to the preservation of a vast, beautiful and largely untouched area of Canada?

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, October 26, 2011


JOB OPPORTUNITY - Managing Director, Ontario Parks
Posted October 12, 2011
Ontario Parks in the Ministry of Natural Resources manages some of the most beautiful and diverse natural resources and landscapes in the world. It plays an integral role in protecting Ontario's resources, promoting tourism, providing outdoor recreation experiences and educating Ontarians and visitors to Ontario about our rich natural heritage. Ontario Parks is a unique, service delivery driven organization that operates within a business model aimed at making Ontario Parks financially self-sufficient.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, October 25, 2011 11:59 pm EDT.


Prince Edward Island - More natural areas designated
Posted June 22, 2011
An additional 525 acres of public land has been given protection under the Natural Areas Protection Act, says Minister of Environment, Energy and Forestry, Richard Brown. More...

Province Permanently Designates Largest Area of Protected Land in More Than a Decade - Asatiwisipe Aki Management Plan Approved: Blaikie
Posted June 22, 2011
The Manitoba government has legally designated 807,650 hectares of boreal forest and wetlands on the east side of Lake Winnipeg as protected traditional territory, Conservation Minister Bill Blaikie announced today. This new designation will increase Manitoba’s protected areas network to over
6.5 million hectares or 10 per cent. More...

Consultation Will Help Choose Protected Lands
Posted June 22, 2011
Nova Scotia has taken a major step forward toward meeting its goal to protect 12 per cent of Nova Scotia's lands by 2015. Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau is inviting Nova Scotians to help choose which lands should be protected. More...

Winter 2011 Newsletter from CCEA
Posted May 19, 2011
The winter 2011 CCEA Newsletter is now available. In it, you will find the proceedings of our fall annual general meeting and other subjects of interest. Enjoy!

Stan Rowe Homeplace Award Winners
Posted May 18, 2011
The CCEA is pleased to announce that the following two graduate students
received the 2011 Stan Rowe Home Place Award:
Windekind C. Buteau-Duitschaever (Wilfrid Laurier University) for the
research project entitled "Exploring governance structures, institutions
and collaboration for protected area development: A Case Study of Québec
Protected Areas"
Chérie J. Dugal (University of Saskatchewan) for the research project
entitled "The Functional Connectivity for Elk (Cervus elaphus) Across an
Agriculture-Dominated Landscape: Implications for Conservation and
Pathogen Transmission". More...

Parking in B.C. provincial parks now free
Posted May 12, 2011
"This is not about politics," Clark told a news conference at Mount Seymour Provincial Park. "It's about making sure our parks are accessible. I've grown up in B.C. My family always used parks throughout our lives. I think that parking meters — making people pay for parking — in B.C. parks stops some people from using them." More...

Senior Protected Areas Program Coordinator, Resource Conservation
Posted May 12, 2011
This is a permanent management position in Parks & Protected Areas Policy Section, and is based in Peterborough. The competition closes May 25th. Further information, including the more detailed job specification, can be viewed by visiting www.ontario.ca/careers and entering job ID number 36482 in the Job ID search field.

State of Ontario’s Protected Areas Report released
Posted May 12, 2011
Ontario's system of protected areas includes over 630 provincial parks and conservation reserves covering an area of 9.5 million hectares, or about nine per cent of Ontario. To help ensure transparency and accountability about this valuable natural legacy, the Ministry of Natural Resources is required to report publicly every five years on the state of Ontario’s system of provincial parks and conservation reserves. The first State of Ontario’s Protected Areas Report is now available. Analysing information gathered from 2001 to 2009, the report takes a big-picture look at the ecosystems, biodiversity and natural and cultural heritage that are protected within the system. It provides context for planning and management of provincial parks and conservation reserves. It describes the conditions, potential pressures and ongoing efforts to maintain and enhance the protected area system. And it looks at traditional recreational and educational opportunities and economic values and impacts at local and provincial levels. View the Report.

Conservation plan unveiled
Posted April 18, 2011
EDMONTON A conservation plan for Alberta's lower Athabasca region -part of a much larger draft plan for the region and the first of seven slated for the province -boosts conservation areas in the area to 22 per cent but will allow motorized recreation and honour existing oil and gas leases in all but a small fraction of those areas. More...

Conservation biology: The end of the wild
Posted January 24, 2011
Imagine Montana's Glacier National Park without glaciers; California's Joshua Tree National Park with no Joshua trees; or the state's Sequoia National Park with no sequoias. In 50 years' time, climate change will have altered some US parks so profoundly that their very names will be anachronisms. More...

Manitoba's Newest Protected Areas
January 24, 2011
On December 1, 2010 Manitoba announced two new protected provincial parks located in northern Manitoba. Nueltin Lake Provincial Park captures 447,190 hectares of the transition zone between the boreal and tundra ecosystems surrounding Nueltin Lake, and provides important winter habitat for the Qamanirijuaq barren-ground caribou herd. Colvin Lake Provincial Park covers 163,070 hectares in northwest Manitoba, a vast wilderness made up of stunted trees with brief summers, known as the “Land of Little Sticks”. These wilderness parks in the Northern Transition Forest store an estimated 126 million tones of carbon, and bring Manitoba’s network of protected areas to 9.9% of the province. More...
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