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Public Notice for SmartWood Forest Management Certification Assessment of Alberta Pacific Forest Industries (Al-Pac) FMA

September 17, 2004

In November of this year, the SmartWood Program of the Rainforest Alliance
will conduct a forest management assessment of Alberta Pacific Forest
Industries Inc. (Al-Pac's) forestry management on their Forest Management
Agreement (FMA) area. The assessment will determine if Al-Pac's forest
management and operations can be certified as meeting the requirements of
the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an independent and widely recognized
forest certification system.

This notice is to invite your comments on Al-Pac's forest management on the
FMA and to provide information about the assessment process. Information on Read more »

Posted October 7, 2004 by russ

When the Oilpatch Comes to Your Backyard, 2nd Edition

In November, the Pembina Institute will release the second edition of its popular book, "When the Oilpatch Comes to Your Backyard: A Citizens' Guide". Updated to reflect the many changes in government regulations since its first release in 2001, this comprehensive guide also includes new material, such as quick reference charts, checklists of issues to address before signing an agreement and new sections on coalbed methane.

As with the first edition, the guide offers easy-to-understand information on what to expect at each stage of oil and gas development. It describes ways that potential impacts on the air, land and water can be minimized, outlines the government's legal requirements when constructing wells, pipelines and facilities, and explains the role of various government boards and departments. It offers specific direction on where to find help and who to consult for more information. Read more »

Posted October 4, 2004 by russ

CPAWS Caribou Report Released

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

October 4, 2004

For Immediate Release:

New report marks launch of campaign to protect woodland caribou

A new report by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) concludes that woodland caribou, a key indicator of a healthy boreal forest, require immediate protection if they are to survive. The report reviews the status of woodland caribou across Canada, and describes a new campaign to protect critical wild areas and to change industrial activities where woodland caribou live. Read more »

Posted October 4, 2004 by russ

CEN Weekly e-Bulletin -- October 1, 2004

The October 1st issue of the Canadian Environmental Network's Weekly E-Bulletin is now available at the CEN website. Read more »

Posted October 4, 2004 by russ

Protecting the Shortjaw Cisco

The AEN has received a letter from DFO regarding potential protection of the Shortjaw Cisco under the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA).

The Shortjaw Cisco (also known as tulibee or chub) was once an important part of the fisheries on the Great Lakes, Lake Nipigon and Lake Winnipeg, but this is no longer a directed fishery for this species. It has been designated as "threatened" by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, which has recommneded that the Shortjaw Cisco be added to the list of species receiving protection under SARA.

Federal government policy prequires that individuals and organizations have an opportunity to provide their views before a decision is made to add a species to the SARA list. Read more »

Posted October 4, 2004 by russ

Environmental Direct Action Network Present Delegates With Environmental Awards

Yesterday, member of the Environmental Direct Action Network (EDAN) presented awards to forestry giants Weyerhauser and Wellwood for their continuing destruction of Alberta’s forest. The awards were presented as delegates ate their supper at the Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA) conference in Jasper National Park.

“There will be no more business as usual,” said Leah Hederson EDAN member. “Every minute another 5 acres of forest is cut down because of the policies of these companies. That isn’t something that I want and I don’t believe it is something the majority of Albertans want.” Read more »

Posted October 4, 2004 by russ

Discussion Paper: Establishing an Edmonton Regional Land Trust

The Legacy Lands Conservation Society, Land Stewardship Centre and Natural Areas Advsory Committee, of Edmonton, Alberta jointly commissioned a background report and discussion paper describing and evaluating models and experiences of successful urban land trusts from across North America. Our purpose was to apply lessons learned to the Edmonton context and suggest an implementation schedule and recommendation for the establishment of an Edmonton region urban conservation land trust. The paper has been forwarded to Edmonton's Conservation Coordinator for use in reporting to the Executive Committee, of Edmonton City Council, on establishing a Public Land Trust as a tool for conserving and protecting natural ecosystems and green spaces in Edmonton and area. We hope to stimulate public discussion, interest and participation in what we see as an essential requirement for long-term conservation and liveable cities.

The paper is available for download at: Land Trust Report.pdf

For more information please feel free to contact the Legacy Lands Conservation Society at [email protected] Read more »

Posted September 29, 2004 by russ

Appeal Board Caves into Company Pressure over Cheviot Hearing

Court Date Set for Company Case against Appeal Board

Sierra Club of Canada

September 24, 2004

In a move that stunned observers and left conservationists shaking their heads, the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) announced on Tuesday that it has put off their hearing of Ben Gadd's appeal, which was set for next Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 27-28, in Hinton, Alberta. Gadd is appealing the provincial approvals for the haulroad development, which is the first phase of the new Cheviot open-pit coal mine located adjacent to Jasper National Park. Backed by the parent companies,Fording Canadian Coal Trust and Teck Cominco, Cardinal River Coals (CRC) had filed a court notice the previous week stating that it is taking the EAB to court over its decision last May to hold a hearing on Gadd's appeal. Read more »

Posted September 29, 2004 by russ

CEN Weekly E-Bulletin -- September 24, 2004

The September 24th issue of the Canadian Environmental Network's Weekly E-Bulletin is now available at the CEN website. Read more »

Posted September 29, 2004 by russ

Recreational Abuse Of Alberta's Wilderness Presented At Conference

Alberta Wilderness Association

News Release: September 22, 2004

New information on recreational use and abuse in Bighorn Wildland will be presented by Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) at the 2004 Interdisciplinary Research and Management in Mountain Areas Conference
in Banff.

"Degradation of wilderness by recreationists is the result of poor management," says Lara Smandych, AWA Conservation Biologist. "Protection of wilderness values must be made a government priority."

Preliminary results from AWA's Bighorn Wildland Recreational Use and Impact Monitoring Study show that Bighorn Wildland is being subjected to intensive OHV and equestrian use. This recreation has resulted in Read more »

Posted September 22, 2004 by russ

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