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Cypress Wind Farm Not Green Use of Environmentally Significant Public Land

Alberta Wilderness

A wind farm is being proposed next to Cypress Hills Provincial Park on
environmentally sensitive native prairie. The Alberta Wilderness Association
(AWA) is generally supportive of renewable energy developments as
alternatives to fossil fuel production; however, they must be subject to
rigorous environmental assessment and public involvement and they must not
damage environmentally sensitive lands, especially those in public ownership.
Locating wind farms on internationally significant grasslands in the Cypress
Hills does not represent sustainable green energy production. Read more »

Posted February 22, 2005 by russ

CEN Weekly e-Bulletin -- February 21, 2005

The February 21 issue of the Canadian Environmental Network's Weekly E-Bulletin is now available at the CEN website. Read more »

Posted February 22, 2005 by russ

Wild Lands Advocate -- February 2005

Alberta Wilderness Association
The February 2005 edition of Wild Lands Advocate is now available at

Inside This Issue:

Out Front

  • Coal Bed Methane Comes to Rumsey: Balancing Act Needs a Bird's Eye View

  • Tragic Accident Claims Lives of Wildlife Disease Experts

Alberta Wilderness Watch

  • Is It Time To Write Off "Doomed" Caribou Herds?

  • Long-Term Vision Needed for Public Lands
Read more »

Posted February 18, 2005 by russ

Alberta's Environment Conference 2005

The Government of Alberta invites you to learn more about how the
environment is being managed in Alberta. Alberta's Environment Conference
2005 is a cross-ministry initiative profiling key environmental initiatives,
activities and policies of government departments and agencies.
The conference will focus on these themes:

  • Partnering for Success: New partnerships to support environmental management.

  • Sharing Knowledge: New research results, environmental monitoring and reporting and current challenges.

  • Future Trends: The vision for environmental management and resource development, new approaches and strategies for managing Alberta's environment.

  • Programs and Policy: New programs to support environmental management. Government-wide policy development, flexible tools for managing the environment.

Managers, decision-makers, educators and others from industry, municipal
governments, First Nations, non-government environmental organizations and
the public are invited. The conference will include presentations,
discussion panels, poster sessions. It will include theme-based sessions and
opportunities for feedback and discussion. Read more »

Posted February 18, 2005 by russ

Draft Ambient Air Quality Objective for Carbon Disulphide Posted for Comment

Ambient Air Quality Objectives are developed under section 14(1) of the
Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA).

Alberta Environment has posted the draft ambient air quality objective for
carbon disulphide for public consultation for 60 days. Comments, questions or
suggestions regarding the content of these ambient air quality objectives can
be emailed or forwarded to:

Environmental Policy Branch
Alberta Environment
4th Floor, Oxbridge Place
9820 106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2J6
[email protected]

The proposed objective can be downloaded from: Read more »

Posted February 11, 2005 by russ

Conservationists Expect Improved Support and Action For Caribou

Alberta Wilderness

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Edmonton Chapter

News Release: February 9, 2005

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Edmonton Chapter (CPAWS) and
Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) are becoming increasingly alarmed about
the future of caribou in Alberta. Lack of policy and commitment from
government and industry continues to jeopardize these endangered animals and
their habitat.

"There is a complete failure to address and manage industrial activity
within caribou ranges," says Lara Smandych, AWA Conservation Biologist. "The
decline of caribou in Alberta indicates that resource management is not
sustainable. If caribou are in trouble, it is likely other species are also
at risk. Immediate action is needed to improve their situation." Read more »

Posted February 9, 2005 by russ

Suncor Needs To Know Your Concerns About Alberta's Little Smoky Caribou

Alberta Wilderness

Action Alert: February 8, 2005

The remaining 80 individual caribou of the Little Smoky herd are being
threatened by industrial development. Despite the numerous requests made by
Environmental Non-government Organizations (ENGO) groups to Suncor and
ConocoPhillips to re-route their pipeline and defer activity within the home
range of the herd, pipeline construction is well underway, putting these
animals at risk. Your letters of concern are greatly needed to protect the
Little Smoky caribou herd from this industrial development. Read more »

Posted February 9, 2005 by russ

CEN Weekly e-Bulletin -- February 4, 2005

The February 4th issue of the Canadian Environmental Network's Weekly E-Bulletin is now available at the CEN website. Read more »

Posted February 4, 2005 by russ

Alberta Government Fails Our Grizzly Bears Again

Alberta Wilderness

News Release: February 2, 2005

The Alberta government yesterday announced that it will go ahead with this
year's spring grizzly bear hunt, despite overwhelming scientific evidence
that Alberta's grizzlies are in serious trouble. Alberta Wilderness
Association (AWA) is one of a number of environmental organisations in
agreement with government scientists and committees who have consistently
recommended suspending the hunt.

"Scientists now agree that Alberta's grizzly bear population stands at
less than 700 bears," says AWA Conservation Specialist, Nigel Douglas. "The
government's own Grizzly Bear Recovery Team has called for a postponement to
the hunt. Its Endangered Species Conservation Committee has recommended
listing the grizzly as a "threatened" species which would lead to an
automatic suspension of the hunt. To continue to kill threatened grizzly
bears is obtuse in the extreme." Read more »

Posted February 3, 2005 by russ

Emerald Awards -- Nominations for 2005

Nominations for the Emerald Awards, held annually in Alberta to recognize environmental excellence by individuals or organizations, are being accepted until 28 February.

Please visit the website at or contact the Emerald Awards office ([email protected]) for a nomination form or more information. Read more »

Posted February 1, 2005 by russ

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