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March 20, 2015 | Calgary Herald | Published News | Naomi Lakritz

The Cleawater River winds through boreal forest south of Fort McMurray. Half the untouched boreal forest should be set aside for bird habitat.

Grant Black / Calgary Herald

When cabinet is announced after the imminent election, Alberta’s new environment minister should be for the birds. Literally.

Alberta needs to look up from its addiction to oil and money, to realize the precious quality of things without price tags. Like the boreal forest, home to up to five billion migratory birds, and target of a campaign called Boreal Birds Need Half, which seeks to protect 50 per cent of Canada’s boreal forest from industrial activity, while ensuring the other 50 per cent is developed...

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