Quick StatsOfficial Name: Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
Year Founded: 1963
Chief Executive: Oliver Kent
Chairman: Tim Gray
Headquarters: Ottawa, Canada
Mission: CPAWS envisages a healthy ecosphere where people experience and respect natural ecosystems.
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Language Spoken: English, French
# Countries Active: Canada
Official Website: http://cpaws.org
Phone: (613) 569-7226
Areas of Focus: Sustainable Living, Inland Water Ecosystems, Ecology, Conservation, Coastal and Marine Ecosystems
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Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is Canada's pre-eminent, national community-based voice for public wilderness protection. Since 1963 CPAWS has taken a lead role in establishing two-thirds of Canada's protected wild spaces -- an area over seven times the size of Nova Scotia.
Focus of Activities
CPAWS vision is to keep at least half of Canada's public land and water wild — forever focusing on protecting many important areas of Canada's wilderness:
The Boreal forest is one of the last three large wild forests on the planet and one of the world's most important ecosystems.
The Eastern Woodlands from Algonquin Park (Ontario) to the Adirondacks (NY) and across the Northern Appalachians/Acadian Mountains in Quebec, New-Brunswick, and Nova-Scotia, conservation initiatives are undergoing to preserve wilderness corridors on public and private lands.
Yellowstone to Yukon is a region stretching from Yellowstone in Wyoming to the Yukon in Canada, this stretch of mountain chains connect a web of life and large landscape connectivity conservation is important for the survival of many species, even more with the threat of Climate Change.
Marine and Ocean Canada has the longest coastline in the world and more than 20% of the planet's fresh water. This abundance causes many people to take it for granted but CPAWS with partners work on increasing marine protected areas and change policy around marine conservation.
Parks Forever, if our national and provincial parks are a symbol of Canada's national identity, CPAWS and volunteers across the country stay vigilant regarding conservation management and policy.
In partnership with Mountain Equipment Coop in Canada, CPAWS created The Big Wild / Horizons sauvage to celebrates Canada's large wild expanses: our forests, lakes, free-flowing rivers and stunning coasts. It's an online community of people who are passionate about that wilderness. And it's people working together to ensure at least half of our wilderness is protected forever.
How to donate
CPAWS relies on contributions from people like you, people who care about Canada's wilderness. Nearly 80% of the money we raise directly supports our conservation programs.