Inglewood Wildlands Development Society

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The Inglewood Wildlands Development Society (IWDS), a non-profit organization, was formed in 1995. An elected Board of Directors continues its role in the ongoing development of the wildlands in partnership with Suncor and the City of Calgary. The IWDS is a sub-committee of the Inglewood Community Association. VISION: To create a safe, vibrant and well used recreational, educational and enjoyment natural public space with an interpretation theme of industrial reclamation and remediation tied into the history of oil and gas in Calgary. STEWARDSHIP: The IWDS will maintain stewardship of the Wildlands and the ongoing balance between the desire of public use and natural environments. DEVELOPMENT: The IWDS will continue the ongoing development of the wildlands in partnership with the City of Calgary and Suncor. TELLING THE STORY: The IWDS will foster educational opportunities readily available in the making of the wildlands, teach its natural history, industrialization, citizen/industry/government partnering, people involvement and the reclamation process. PARTNERSHIP: The IWDS will further expand its function and will seek new partners, from individuals and organizations, representing a broad spectrum of support, vested interests and membership growth. FOUNDING PRINCIPLES: The IWDS will play a leading role in providing direction in compliance with the original lease agreement and the founding intent and principles. The society will respond to new issues/problems; to formulate new principles and practices as they arise.

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Petitioning The City of Calgary, Mr Jim Klimes

Let's put water back into the Inglewood Wildlands Pond!

Did you know that the Inglewood Wildlands once featured a prolific pond, home to diverse wildlife and vegetation? The pond was filled using clean groundwater, via a pump that was part of the refinery site hydrocarbon recovery program. In 2007, the pump broke. Despite repeated requests, it was never replaced, resulting in the pond water drying up. For many years before the pond went dry, there was an extremely active environmental education program on the site. Thousands of Calgary school children, one class at a time, came to the Wildlands to learn about industrial site reclamation, urban biodiversity and environmental stewardship. When the pond went dry, many of the animals moved on, hundreds of trees and shrubs planted by volunteers died and the IWDS education program ceased to operate. On October 13, 2016, The City of Calgary presented the the Bend in the Bow Grand Vision to the community. It's an ambitious and inspiring plan, however the Inglewood Wildlands Development Society (a sub-commitee of the Inglewood Community Association) are disappointed that the re-introduction of water back into the Wildlands pond is not currently part of the plan. The City is under the impression that the community does not see the necessity and value of the water filled pond being re-established to further site biodiversity. We don't believe that's true! If you believe it is important to see water back in the Inglewood Wildlands pond, show your support by signing our petition! 

Inglewood Wildlands Development Society
554 supporters