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.

Conservation stories on the ACC Blog

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Aspects - the ACC Blog is where you'll find the most current stories about our efforts on preservation of our alpine environments and natural areas.

Read on and keep up to date on our environment grant, new solar panels on huts, crag clean-ups and much more.

ACC Huts and the Environment

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

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 organization 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 is dedicated to protecting Canada’s public land and waters. The ACC shares many interests with CPAWS, including limiting development and advocating for responsible growth in our protected lands

International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA) - The ACC is a member of the UIAA which promotes the growth and protection of mountaineering and climbing worldwide, advances safe and ethical mountain practices and promotes responsible access, culture and environmental protection

 Mountain Equipment Co-op - MEC is Canada’s top outdoor retailer and one that acts to protect the environment it’s members recreate in. MEC are devoted to inspiring and enabling Canadians to pursue mountain adventure and shares the ACC’s commitment to protecting and enhancing recreation access and promoting safe and responsible use of the outdoors.

Leave No Trace (LNT) Leave No Trace promotes minimal impact in recreational activities through education and adoption of key principles. This partnership is key to helping our members become aware of, and reduce their impacts in sensitive areas through responsible 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 - 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.