About the AEN

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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Connecting Alberta’s environmental groups

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. 

CPAWS Releases Forestry Report

Forest Industry Making Little Progress Towards Sustainability

EDMONTON, July 13, 2005

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), Edmonton, today released an in-depth report on the state of forest management in Alberta. The objective of the study was to determine how far government policies and industrial practices still need to go to achieve the vision set forth in the Alberta Forest Conservation Strategy, released in 1997. To do this, CPAWS compared and contrasted the management plans of all large forestry companies in the province and the government’s new Forest Management Planning Manual against the Alberta Forest Conservation Strategy and the Forest Stewardship Council boreal certification standard. Read more about CPAWS Releases Forestry Report

Action Alert! More support is needed for Alberta's caribou!

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Edmonton Chapter

Thanks so much for all the quick responses to send letters to David Coutts in support of our caribou! Read on for another opportunity to take action to protect the caribou!

Stop the Logging, Save the Caribou!

While government and industry claim they are concerned about caribou recovery, they continue to plan logging in caribou ranges that their own studies have shown do not contain enough habitat to support caribou populations. Please write to West Fraser and Foothills Forest Products and cc your letter to the Honorable David Coutts and tell them that this is not acceptable! Here are some points that can be included in your letter:

  • Woodland caribou are considered "threatened" in Alberta
  • The Little Smoky herd west of Hinton has been identified by government as "at immediate risk of extirpation", and the A La Peche herd as "stable" but only since it has abandoned its winter range in the Foothills.
  • The government has just declared it will implement a series of actions to add a greater level of protection for woodland caribou and establish a planning team to focus on these two herds among others in the area.
  • This planning team is not likely to have its recommendations ready before logging in these ranges continues this winter.
  • A recent study has indicated there is currently inadequate habitat for these two herds.
  • Logging in these ranges should be deferred until a plan is in place and shown to be effective in restoring these caribou populations.
  • Canfor has deferred logging, so should you!
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CEN E-Bulletin – July 8th, 2005 Edition

The July 8, 2005 edition of the CEN Weekly e-Bulletin is now available at the CEN website:



  1. Calls For Delegates
    • RCEN Caucus Meetings.
  2. Calls For Comments
    • Proposed Integrated Framework for the Health-Related Components of Categorization of the Domestic Substances List under CEPA 1999.
  3. Action Alerts
    • Petition to Review Devil's Lake Water Diversion Project.
  4. Announcements
    • Environmental Planning & Assessment Caucus Report Now Available.
    • Preparing for the Montreal Climate Conference (Kyoto Accord).
    • ENGO Report on Fifth Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests Now Available.
  5. Events
    • Canadian Environmental Network Conference 2005 and Annual General Meeting .
    • WMAN Healthy Communities Conference.
    • Heritage Canada Foundation, 2005 Conference.
  6. Jobs
    • World Wildlife Fund Canada, Manager (Climate Change).
    • FAW Canada, Country Director.
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Upcoming Hikes and Backpacking Trips

Alberta Wilderness Association

This summer, AWA is offering an exciting program of summer hikes and backpacking trips.

July and August trips include:

  1. Saturday July 23, 2005
    Lakeland: A Guided Day Hike
    With Dr. Richard Thomas
  2. Wednesday July 27 - Friday July 29, 2005
    South Castle Wilderness: A 3-Day Wilderness Backpacking Trip
    With Reg Ernst
  3. Thursday August 11 - Sunday August 14, 2005
    White Goat Wilderness: A 4-Day Wilderness Backpacking Trip
    With Don Wales
  4. Saturday August 20, 2005
    The Beehive: A Guided Day Hike
    With James Tweedie

More details below. Read more about Upcoming Hikes and Backpacking Trips

New ELC Publication - Municpal Powers, Land Use Planning, and the Environment: Understanding the Public's Role

Municipal Powers, Land Use Planning, and the Environment: Understanding the Public’s Role (June, 2005), by James S. Mallet, is now available through the Environmental Law Centre. This report includes a guide to the land use planning process in Alberta and recommendations for law and policy reform. It is available on our website, http://www.elc.ab.ca as a free download or a hard copy may be purchased from the Publications Catalogue page. Read more about New ELC Publication - Municpal Powers, Land Use Planning, and the Environment: Understanding the Public's Role

Ten More Dead Grizzlies: Pressure Mounts on Struggling Bruins

Alberta Wilderness Association

Ten more grizzly bears were killed in the province's spring grizzly bear hunt, according to new figures released by the Alberta government. Conservation groups say that this is totally unacceptable in a province developing a Recovery Plan process for a "threatened" species.

"This is 10 bears too many," says Nigel Douglas, Conservation Specialist with Alberta Wilderness Association. "The evidence is clear now that grizzly bears are in serious trouble in Alberta and this hunt shames Alberta both nationally and internationally." Read more about Ten More Dead Grizzlies: Pressure Mounts on Struggling Bruins

Lakeland: A Guided Hike with Dr. Richard Thomas

Alberta Wilderness Association

What: Guided Hike in Lakeland

When: Saturday July 23rd at 9:30 am

Where: Lakeland Provincial Park and Recreation Area

Cost: $20 per person

Join host Dr. Richard Thomas, Alberta's foremost authority on the ecology of the boreal forest, for a guided hike of the Lakeland area. Rarities in Alberta¹s fire-ravaged Boreal Forest region, old growth forests are nature¹s museum, a genetic storage bank to continue biodiversity. 34 species of birds and mammals are dependent on the remaining old-growth forests of Lakeland, including barred owls, Blackburnian warblers, hoary bats, pileated woodpeckers, woodland woodland caribou and northern flying squirrels. Read more about Lakeland: A Guided Hike with Dr. Richard Thomas

Alberta Fiddles While Caribou Perish

Alberta Wilderness AssociationCanadian Parks and Wilderness Society

Alberta's Minister of Sustainable Resource Development has refused to put a moratorium on new industrial developments within any of the ranges of this threatened species. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) and Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) are demanding that Alberta adopt key recommendations of the Alberta Woodland Caribou Recovery Team that would temporarily protect caribou from new industrial development within ranges of the most at risk caribou herds.

They are also calling for clear regulation of the forest and energy industry to ensure best practices are followed in key caribou ranges and to prevent new developments in critical portions of the ranges. Read more about Alberta Fiddles While Caribou Perish

Be a Part of the Fun at the North American Solar Challenge 2005 Finish Line!

For the First Time, the Race Finishes in Canada on July 27 at the U of C

University of CalgaryNorth American Solar Challenge

June 27, 2005

On July 17, over 20 cars fuelled completely by the sun’s rays will set off from Austin, Texas to make the 10-day journey over 4,000 kilometres to finish here in Calgary on July 27.

The University of Calgary is proud to be the first Canadian venue for the North American Solar Challenge Finish Line. On July 27, starting at 11:00 a.m. come out and be a part of the excitement as the solar cars race down Charleswood Drive to finish in front of the Olympic Oval on the U of C’s campus. Cheer on the teams as they complete the race and enjoy the fun-filled summer celebration complete with music, entertainment, sustainable energy and environmental displays, children’s activities and a free BBQ. You can see the solar cars up close and personal, and have the chance to talk to the teams and learn about the incredible passion and commitment that inspired them to compete in the North American Solar Challenge!

Visit www.americansolarcarchallenge.org to learn more about the race, the route and the arrival times of the cars. Read more about Be a Part of the Fun at the North American Solar Challenge 2005 Finish Line!


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