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The Alberta Environmental Network (AEN) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization comprised of groups throughout the province dedicated to helping preserve and protect Alberta's environment. The AEN's purpose is to facilitate the sharing of information & resources among member groups, and to assist them in taking common action. AEN also promotes awareness of environmental issues & activities with stakeholders & the general public. AEN facilitates member group meetings and the participation of member groups in meetings and consultation with government and/or industry. Check out Field Notes for the latest news, events & action alerts from the AEN & our member groups.


Conservation Groups React to Alberta Environment's Appeal of Recent Judicial Review Decision

Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

For Immediate Release August 19, 2004

The Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition (CCWC) and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) are disappointed that Alberta Environment will appeal the recent result of a Judicial Review that quashed the departments decision not to order an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the expansion proposed at Castle Mountain Resort (CMR). On July 2nd 2004, the Court of Queen's Bench found Alberta Environment's decision to approve the real estate and ski terrain development at CMR without an EIA "patently unreasonable", and ordered the department to reconsider its decision in accordance with the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act. Read more »

Posted August 19, 2004 by russ

Clean Air Bulletin -- August 16, 2004

The August 16 issue of Clean Air Bulletin is now available at the CASA website. Read more »

Posted August 16, 2004 by russ

CEN Weekly E-Bulletin -- August 13,2004

The August 13th issue of the Canadian Environmental Network's Weekly E-Bulletin is now available at the CEN website. Read more »

Posted August 13, 2004 by russ

New Vision Needed For Public Lands

News Release: August 13, 2004

After coming through a year of controversy over public
access to grazing leases for recreation, the government
has opened up the issue of public land sales again.
While the new Farm Holdings Consolidation Program
simply makes buying leased land a little more attractive
to leaseholders, it has brought the public lands issue
to the fore. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA)
believes that these contentious issues are all symptoms
of the same problem - the lack of an overarching Read more »

Posted August 13, 2004 by russ

Protected Areas Grow But Still In Infancy

News Release: August 13, 2004

The Alberta Ministry of Community Development has
announced the creation of a new protected area in
Alberta and altered two other areas to increase their
ecological value. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA)
applauds the announcement but warns protection of
Alberta's wilderness is still in its infancy and that
protected areas require firmer legislative controls.

"We are encouraged whenever the government takes
steps to protect important wild spaces in Alberta," Read more »

Posted August 13, 2004 by russ

Wildlands Advocate, August 2004

The August 2004 issue of Wild Lands Advocate is now
available at

Inside this issue:
Loving, Losing and Reclaiming Our Public Lands
by Dr. Shirley Bray
Having Fun Still Vital to the Cliff Wallis Approach to Conservation
by Andy Marshall Read more »

Posted August 13, 2004 by russ

Wilderness No Place for Motorized Recreation

Alberta Wilderness Association

News Release: August 9, 2004

Community Development Minister, Gene Zwozdesky, is prohibiting motorized recreation in Willmore Wilderness Park; however, he is still supporting off-highway vehicle use in other public wilderness areas in the province. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) applauds the strong stand taken by Hon. Gene Zwozdesky to protect Willmore Wilderness Park from motorized recreation (OHV) traffic.

"Mr. Zwozdesky is wise to nip in the bud, new proposals to open or develop the Willmore" says Vivian Pharis, AWA Director. "As the largest protected and one of the oldest wilderness areas in Alberta, Willmore Wilderness Park is the shining beacon of the province's land conservation program." Read more »

Posted August 9, 2004 by russ

Conservationists call upon Province to scrap Controversial Program to Sell Off Public Lands

Federation of Alberta Naturalists
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Calgary/Banff Chapter

For Immediate Release August 9th, 2004

Conservationists are calling upon Minister of Sustainable Resource Development, Mike Cardinal to cancel the Farm Holdings Consolidation Program (FHCP).

On July 23rd, SRD Minister Mike Cardinal's office sent a letter to lease holders announcing the FHCP. The stated aim of the program is to "further diversify and strengthen the agricultural industry." Read more »

Posted August 9, 2004 by russ

CEN Weekly E-Bulletin -- August 6,2004

The August 6th issue of the Canadian Environmental Network's Weekly E-Bulletin is now available at the CEN website. Read more »

Posted August 6, 2004 by russ

Which air pollutants concern you the most?

Alberta's Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act provides for the development of ambient air quality objectives. Public consultation is part of the process.

In 2000, Albertans were asked to nominate air pollutants for consideration for new or updated ambient air quality objectives. Alberta Environment is completing its first set of ambient air quality objectives identified through this process and is ready to consider more air pollutants for round two.

Add your voice to the process by nominating air pollutants that concern you the most. Read more »

Posted August 5, 2004 by russ

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