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The Alberta Environmental Network (AEN) connects Albertans and environmental groups that are dedicated to preserving and protecting Alberta’s environment. As a non-profit and non-partisan organization, the AEN supports collaboration of the environmental community throughout the province.

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We are a network of individuals and groups working together on shared concerns. AEN members include individuals and representatives from member groups that connect, collaborate and share information.

The AEN is a link between the environmental community and government, industry, the media and all Albertans. View our current member groups.

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Albertans and environmental groups are welcome to join the AEN as members – there are memberships for both individuals and groups. Members contribute to preserving and protecting Alberta’s environment by sharing information and collaborating on shared issues. Learn more about becoming a member of the AEN.

The AEN supports an inclusive and diverse environmental community for all Albertans. 

Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic In Willmore Worsened By Decades Of Fire Suppression

Alberta Wilderness Association

News Release: August 2, 2005

While the government is spending time and money trying to eradicate the recent infestation of mountain pine beetle in Willmore Wilderness Park, they could better use that money in the future to support ecosystem-based forest research and management. Serious epidemics of forest pests could be avoided by allowing forests to exist in their natural, complex, healthy state instead of being subjected to unnatural management strategies such as fire suppression. Read more about Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic In Willmore Worsened By Decades Of Fire Suppression

E-Bulletin – July 29, 2005 Edition

The July 29 edition of the CEN E-Bulletin is now available at the CEN website:



  1. Call For Comments
    • Health Canada E-Questionnaire on the Options Analysis Paper.
  2. Events
    • RCEN International Program (IP) conference on managing solid waste in developing countries.
    • BC 29th Annual Mine Reclamation Symposium.
    • USC, Evening of Dialogue and Song.
  3. Jobs
    • David Suzuki Foundation, Conservation Biologist, Sustainability Program.
Read more about E-Bulletin – July 29, 2005 Edition>

New government forestry planning manual -- input needed.

Canadian Parks And Wilderness Society -- Edmonton Chapter

Hello everyone,

I am writing in regards to the government's request for feedback on their new forest management planning manual. This document represents a major shift by the government. I am hoping that many of you will be able to respond, though I realize that time may be a limiting factor for many. To facilitate your efforts I am sending along a link to our recent review of forest management in Alberta , which includes an in-depth analysis of the new planning manual -- go to What's New at www.cpaws-edmonton.org/ . Please note that comments need to be in to the government by Sept. 15 (see the news release appended below). Sending even a short note touching on a few points would be helpful.

In our view, the new planning manual is an important step forward and its implementation should be encouraged. It is the first meaningful thing the government has done with respect to forest management since the release of the Alberta Forest Conservation Strategy in 1997. What's wrong with the manual is not so much what is in it, but what was left out. Read more about New government forestry planning manual -- input needed.

Willmore Wilderness Update

Willmore Wilderness Foundation

Hi Everyone:

Andy Van Imschoot of Parks and Protected Areas made arrangement for the Foundation to see the work that is being done to combat the mountain pine beetle that is encroaching over the divide from British Columbia. As a result of a helicopter ride, we have been able to place an update on www.WillmoreWilderessPark.com. The update is taken from Rob Harris's Updates who is a MPB Information Officer. We thank Rob for his excellent communication. He can be reached at [email protected]. Read more about Willmore Wilderness Update

CEN E-Bulletin - July 22, 2005 Edition



  1. Call For Comments
    1. Notice of Intent to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Large Final Emitters.
    2. Survey on the Review of Living Organisms Provisions of the New Substances Notification Regulations.
  2. Announcements
    1. Environment Canada Formative Evaluation of CEPA '99.
    2. Report on CCME Acid Rain Task Group Workshop.
  3. Events
    1. Food Safety and GMOs Seminar.
    2. CAPE, Celebration for the Upholding of Toronto's Pesticide Bylaw.
  4. Jobs
    1. Program Coordinator, Sustainability Network.
    2. Executive Director, CPAWS Edmonton.
    3. Program Coordinators, LEPS Youth Enhancing Aquatic Habitats Project.
Read more about CEN E-Bulletin - July 22, 2005 Edition>

The Big Bow Float Stampedes into Cowtown

Big Bow Float News

Bow Riverkeeper

Jul 19th 2005 11:59pm

We have just arrived in Calgary having finished "Phase 1" of The Big Bow Float. With 250 kilometres down, and 400 kilometres to go, we're almost halfway done!

We have hiked and canoed from the Wapta Icefield home of Bow Glacier) all the way to the western edge of the City of Calgary at Bowness Park.

If you are interested in reading more about our trip, please visit the Trip Progress section of our web site. We have posted trip logs and some fantastic pictures of this beautiful river system.


The paddling ends when we reach the Oldman River, but our work continues. Please consider making a donation to support our outreach and education efforts. Your support is needed and appreciated!

For Our River, Read more about The Big Bow Float Stampedes into Cowtown

Pembina Institute opposes proposed royalty reduction for coalbed methane pilot projects

Encourages public to comment on preliminary findings from the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee on Coalbed Methane/Natural Gas in Coal

The Pembina Institute

The Pembina Institute thinks that many of the recommendations in the draft report released by the Alberta government’s Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee on Coalbed Methane could ultimately lead to improvements in the way in which coalbed methane is regulated in Alberta, but it does not support the proposed royalty or tax reductions for pilot projects. Read more about Pembina Institute opposes proposed royalty reduction for coalbed methane pilot projects

CEN E-Bulletin - July 15, 2005 Edition

The July 15, 2005 issue of the Weekly CEN e-Bulletin is now available for download:



  1. Calls For Placements
    • Intern Applications, Conservation Corps of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  2. Action Alerts
    • Mining Watch Canada & Friends of the Earth.
    • World Wildlife Fund ANWR Media Initiative.
  3. Announcements
    • Report on UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Fourth Session Now Available.
    • ENGO Report for the 13th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 13) Now Available.
    • Report on Canada Wide Standards for Mercury Emissions Now Available.
  4. Events
    • Canadian Environmental Network Conference 2005 and Annual General Meeting.
  5. Jobs
    • Green Budget, Coalition Program Manager.
    • David Suzuki Foundation, Research and Policy Analyst, Climate Change and Energy.
Read more about CEN E-Bulletin - July 15, 2005 Edition>

Happy Parks Day Alberta!

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – Edmonton Chapter

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to our ParksWatch Program official launch date on Canada's Park Day this Saturday (July 16). This is a very exciting day for all of us at CPAWS. We welcome you to come to the small ceremony at 1pm for cake, or drop by between 1-4pm and pick up our new For the Love of Parks brochure and the I love AB Parks bumper sticker!

Who: Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – Edmonton Chapter

What: CPAWS’ ParksWatch Program Launch (see details below) and Parks Day Celebration!

Why: Celebrate Parks Day, the launch of this new program and the creation of the Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park! Pick up the “For the LOVE of Parks Brochure” to learn about this new program and the limitless values of Alberta’s Parks and Protected Areas.

When: Canada's Parks Day - Saturday, July 16th, 2005. Drop by our information booth between 1:00 and 4:00pm. Official launch ceremony will commence at 1:00pm.

Where: Alberta's newest Provincial Park - Lois Hole Centennial (formerly Big Lake Natural Area) near St. Albert, close to the BLESS viewing platform (see directions below). Read more about Happy Parks Day Alberta!


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