Conservation and Advocacy Overview

The preservation of mountain regions and their flora and fauna is one of the key objectives of the club. Canada’s mountains are an incredible natural and cultural heritage. They are also extremely vulnerable to human impact and to climate change. We support the conservation of alpine environments and regularly advocate to protect the places we love.

We encourage all our members to be stewards of the mountains. We promote responsible & sustainable recreational use of wilderness areas that is respectful of the Kathmandu Declaration and the 7 principles of Leave No Trace.

Projects and Initiatives

From the ACC Blog:

  • Woodland caribou. Photo by Ted Simonett, Wildlands League. 2017 ACC Environment Grant Supports Caribou Conservation with CPAWS - Every year the ACC awards a number of financial grants to help our community members get outside, follow their dreams and protect the environment. The ACC’s Environment Grant provides support for the protection and preservation of mountain and climbing environments, including the preservation of alpine flora and fauna in their natural habitat. The ACC is proud to contribute […]
  • Figure5 The Mountain Legacy Project - The Mountain Legacy Project: Exploring change in the mountains of western Canada through historical rephotography For 20 years the Mountain Legacy Project (MLP), based in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria, has been using repeat photography to examine landscape level change in the Canadian mountain west. Using historical mountain images of […]
  • IMG_4824 copy The Escarpment Project - The Escarpment Project and the Toronto Section – Some History In 2011 a group of volunteers in Hamilton, Ontario, came together with the goal of cleaning up garbage in various locations along the Niagara Escarpment, a short distance south of Toronto and on the southwestern end of Lake Ontario. It began at a place the locals […]
  • IMG_3010[1] copy Keene Farm Modernised - (This article and photographs on the modernization of the Keene Farm was generously provided by Luc Massicotte, the president of Keene Farm inc. This version is translated from Luc’s original article in French. The Keene Farm is the only hut the ACC operates that is located outside of Canada. This farm with a large cabin […]
  • chick close up small Thunder Bay: Project Peregrine - (Alpine Club of Canada sections and their members work in a variety of capacities in all aspects of their community, not just in the outdoor recreation scene. Their dedication to helping local initiatives in their own time showcases their love of the natural world that surrounds them. Frank Pianka and the Thunder Bay Section’s efforts […]

 

ACC Huts and the Environment

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The Louise and Richard Guy Hut on the Wapta Icefields

ACC huts play an increasingly important role in reducing the environmental impact of backcountry travel in wilderness areas.The use of huts can centralize, manage, and reduce the environmental impact of backcountry travel and the ACC is an acknowledged leader in environmentally responsible operation of backcountry facilities. Through ongoing research efforts, the Club seeks ways to further reduce the “environmental footprint” of backcountry visitors through the use of appropriate technology.

For more information, visit our Huts and the Environment page.

Environment Fund

Christina getting on the main glacier

The ACC maintains a permanent Environment Fund from which Environment Grants are awarded to projects that contribute to the protection and preservation of mountain and climbing environments including the preservation of alpine flora and fauna in their natural habitat. Grants are awarded annually in an effort to create a legacy of environmental improvement. Since 2002 the ACC has awarded over $30,000 through Environment Grants.

For more information and application forms, visit: The Environment Fund. Members and non-members of the ACC may apply for funding environmental projects.

Environmental Organizations and Partnerships

There are a wide variety of environmental organizations across Canada. Some are local to a certain area, provincially focused and some are national organizations that have a wide spectrum of topics they cover. The list below are organizations that have a more national outlook. Any organization that has its logo is an official partner of the ACC.

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS)CPAWS-sponsorlogo – This organization is dedicated to protecting our (national and provincial) parks across Canada. With 13 chapters across Canada, the ACC shares interest on a number of topics and is a voice we can rely on for advocacy and responsible growth in our protected lands.

 

International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA)UIAA-sponsorlogo – The ACC is part of the UIAA which is to “promote the growth and protection of mountaineering and climbing worldwide, advance safe and ethical mountain practices and promote responsible access, culture and environmental protection”. Founded in 1932, the ACC has been a part of the UIAA since 1947 and has supported it’s mission since then.

 

Leave No Trace (LNT)Leave No Trace – LNT’s mission is to promote minimal impact through our recreational activities through education and adoption of key principles. As the ACC operates in sensitive areas and we promote outdoor recreations, this partnership is key to helping our members become aware of their impacts and help them reduce them through responsible access and use.

 

 

Yellowstone to Yukon -Y2Y is a joint Canada-U.S. not-for-profit organization that connects and protects habitat from Yellowstone to Yukon so people and nature can thrive. Their vision is to create an interconnected system of wild lands and waters stretching from Yellowstone to Yukon, harmonizing the needs of people with those of nature.

Nature Conservancy of Canada – NCC is Canada’s leading national land conservation organization. A private, non-profit organization, they partner with individuals, corporations, other non-profit organizations and governments at all levels to protect our most important natural treasures — the natural areas that sustain Canada’s plants and wildlife. The NCC secures properties (through donation, purchase, conservation agreement and the relinquishment of other legal interests in land) and manage them for the long term.

David Suzuki Foundation – They collaborate with Canadians from all walks of life, including government and business, to conserve our environment and find solutions that will create a sustainable Canada through science-based research, education and policy work.

Pembina Institute – The Pembina Institute is working to solve today’s greatest energy challenges — reducing the harmful impacts of fossil fuels while supporting the transition to an energy system that is clean, safe and sustains a high quality of life. We provide our expertise to industry and government leaders, and we advocate for a strong, science-based approach to policy, regulation, environmental protection and energy development.

World Wildlife Fund – Canada – WWF (World Wildlife Fund) is Canada’s largest international conservation organization with the active support of more than 150,000 Canadians. They connect the power of a strong global network to on-the-ground conservation efforts across Canada. Their mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.

Environment Canada – Their business is protecting the environment, conserving the country’s natural heritage, and providing weather and meteorological information to keep Canadians informed and safe.