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.

Learn more about the Alberta Environmental Network.

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.

Join the network

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. 

2005 St Andrews Prize for the Environment

Applications are now being accepted for the 2005 St Andrews Prize for
the Environment, a joint venture between ConocoPhillips and the
University of St Andrews, Scotland's oldest and best-known seat of
learning.

Aimed at helping ordinary people find solutions to environmental
problems, the Prize was launched six years ago and is recognized as a
prestigious international initiative, attracting entries from around the
world.

The first deadline for applying (submitting a single page summary of a
practical environmental solution) is due by 31 October 2004. The Prize
website has all the information you will need to apply. Visit it by Read more about 2005 St Andrews Prize for the Environment

Plans for Red Deer River could be disastrous for river valley ecology

Alberta Wilderness Association

News Release: October 4, 2004

The government appointed Basin Advisory
Committee (BAC) for the Red Deer River is
ignoring the water conservation requirements for
a healthy river in favour of using its water for
future needs that will threaten the Red Deer
River ecosystem.

"This river is a resource that belongs to the
entire province, and we should not let a
short-sighted, government-appointed committee
guided by local self-interest, sign away a river's
future health," says Heinz Unger, AWA Board Read more about Plans for Red Deer River could be disastrous for river valley ecology

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

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 about When the Oilpatch Comes to Your Backyard, 2nd Edition

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 about CPAWS Caribou Report Released

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 about Protecting the Shortjaw Cisco

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 about Environmental Direct Action Network Present Delegates With Environmental Awards

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. Read more about Discussion Paper: Establishing an Edmonton Regional Land Trust

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 about Appeal Board Caves into Company Pressure over Cheviot Hearing

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