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Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Workshop: Biodiversity and Forestry

Mar 16 2016 - 8:00am - 4:00pm

Alberta’s forest management system identifies the maintenance of forest biodiversity as a key outcome. This workshop will explore how the implementation of ecosystem management principles and the application of strategies such as variable retention contribute to this outcome. Highlights include:

  • Application of ecosystem management principles in BC, Quebec, and Alberta and what we can learn from these different experiences. This will include several specific case studies in Alberta connecting ecological science to forest management.
  • An examination of the results from Alberta’s very own EMEND experiment. The Ecosystem Management Emulating Natural Disturbance (EMEND) Project is a large-scale variable retention harvest experiment designed to test effects of residual forest structure on ecosystem integrity and forest regeneration at the forest stand-level. 
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Location

Matrix Hotel
10640 100 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB

Posted February 26, 2016 by AEN

AWA Edmonton Talk: Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania — ‘Off the Beaten Track’ African Parks

Mar 16 2016 - 7:00pm

From a naturalist’s perspective, join Bill Reynolds to get up close with elephant families in the Zambezi rainforest, with hippos in the Selous reserve, with antelopes and hornbills among the baobabs of Ruaha, with the colobus monkeys of Udzungwa mountains and so many more denizens of deep, dark Africa!

  • Talk starts at 7:00PM (doors open at 6:30PM)
  • Donations accepted at the door

Location

Jackson Power Electric Ltd.
9744 60 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB

Posted February 26, 2016 by AEN

The Perfect Storm — Unregulated Access in our Eastern Slopes

24 Feb 2016

Tens of thousands of Albertans are calling for strict limits on off-highway vehicles (OHVs) along Alberta’s Eastern Slopes, and for a ban of OHVs in Alberta’s parks and protected areas. Poor management of the cumulative impacts of industrial development from oil &gas, forestry and mining along the east slopes has created the perfect storm of unregulated access from OHV users. Read more »

Posted February 24, 2016 by AEN

Alberta conservation group asks why taxpayer’s money spent repairing off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails that will now have to be removed

16 Feb 2016

Pincher Creek — The Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition (CCWC) is asking why the Government of Alberta continued to spend money repairing and entrenching off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails in what is to become the Castle Provincial Park when OHVs aren’t allowed in provincial parks. Read more »

Posted February 16, 2016 by AEN

Statement re: Federal Court decision on Maligne Lake legal challenge

10 Feb 2016

EDMONTON – Conservation groups remain hopeful that a concept proposal for overnight commercial accommodations at Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park will be stopped after a Federal Court ruling confirmed that proposals violating park management plans cannot be approved. Read more »

Posted February 10, 2016 by AEN

Alberta ENGOs Strategic Engagement with Alberta Energy Regulator

Initiative: 
Alberta ENGOs Strategic Engagement with Alberta Energy Regulator
Position: 
Up to twelve (12) Alberta ENGOs
Application Deadline: 
12 Feb 2016 (All day)

The AER is single regulator of energy development in Alberta—from application and exploration, to construction and development, to abandonment, reclamation, and remediation. This responsibility includes environmental elements related to energy development that were previously held by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD). Read more »

Posted February 9, 2016 by AEN

Forum on the Future of the Oil Sands Environmental Monitoring Program

Feb 23 2016 - 8:30am - 3:30pm

From AEMERA:

You are invited to an Oil Sands Monitoring (OSM) Meeting and Update from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, February 22, 2016, and a Forum on the Future of the Oil Sands Environmental Monitoring Program from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23, 2016.

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Location

Marriott at River Cree Resort and Casino
300 East Lapotac Boulevard
Enoch, AB

Posted February 5, 2016 by AEN

29th ANPC Workshop and AGM: “Rare Plant Conservation”

Apr 30 2016 - 8:00am - 9:15pm

Workshop Schedule

  • Check–in and Registration: 8:00 am—8:30 am
  • Workshop Presentations: 8:30 am—4:15 pm
  • Annual General Meeting: 4:30 pm—6:00 pm
  • Banquet and Guest Speaker: 6:15 pm—9:15 pm

Everyone is invited to attend the AGM. Learn about ANPC activities.

Confirmed speakers

  • Dayle Soppet – Intro to “rare” plants – what is a rare plant?
  • Robin Gutsell – rare plant “lists” and the challenges in assessing their status
  • Lorna Allen – rank updates
  • Jessica Stolar – Impacts of climate change on rare plants
  • Laurie Hamilton – Understanding bias when using spatial data to support rare plant conservation initiatives
  • Varina Crisfield – Ecology of impoverished pinweed (rare Athabasca sand dune endemic)
  • Cathy Linowski  – rare plants in disturbed or ephemeral habitats
  • Heather Sinton – Landuse Planning Framework
  • Jodie Krakowski – Recovery Planning for Whitebark and Limber Pine
  • Elisabeth Beaubien – Plant phenology and biodiversity research.

Native Seed Exchange

This year we will feature a “native seed exchange”. If you have collected native seeds, and have extras, please put some in sealed envelopes. Add their latin name, collection site, number of seeds and preferred growing location. Donate them or exchange for others you do not have.

Field Trip - Sunday, May 1, 2016

Join us for a field trip to the Rachel Agnes Hayes 2 Property. It is a 169 ha (418 acres) property owned by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and is located on Boss Hill, north of Stettler. Prior to NCC’s purchase of the property in 2014, the property was a ranch used for cattle grazing. The property is a nice example of native Aspen Parkland with freshwater and saline wetlands, aspen forests, shrublands, and native grasslands. There are also beautiful views of Buffalo Lake from the west side of the property. We will meet at 10:00am and the walk will last about 2 hours. This trip will be led by Alan Dodd. Read more »

Location

Stettler Recreation Centre
6202 44 Avenue
Stettler, AB

Posted February 3, 2016 by AEN

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