Land Management & Stewardship

Media Release

New report outlines solutions to improve oilsands management

19-point plan identifies policies required to protect the environment and restore Alberta’s international reputation

EDMONTON — The Alberta government could protect the environment and achieve responsible oilsands development by adopting key policy changes, recommended by the Pembina Institute in a report released today.

Solving the puzzle: environmental responsibility in oilsands development outlines 19 specific solutions available to help the Alberta government adequately address the environmental impacts of oilsands operations. The report recommends implementing specific policies to protect air, land and water, along with a credible approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and a world-class environmental monitoring system. Read more about New report outlines solutions to improve oilsands management

Event

Alberta Native Plant Council Annual Workshop & AGM

Apr 30 2011 - 6:00am

Fragments of the Rocky Mountains

What’s the current state of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains?

Please join us in Canmore to explore this amazing and botanically diverse portion of the Alberta landscape. Potential topics include: Read more about Alberta Native Plant Council Annual Workshop & AGM

Location

Lady Macdonald Community Hall
Canmore Recreation Centre
Canmore , AB
Call for Delegates

Call for Participants: Lower Athabasca Regional Plan Draft Management Frameworks

Initiative: 
Lower Athabasca Regional Plan
Position: 
Stakeholder participant
Application Deadline: 
15 Apr 2011

On April 5th, 2011 the Government of Alberta released the draft Lower Athabasca Regional Plan (LARP) to the public.

The Land Use Secretariat is leading a consultation process on the draft plan from early April to early June, 2011. As part of this, consultation sessions will be held throughout the Lower Athabasca Region, neighbouring communities, as well as Edmonton and Calgary. A workbook is also available online or at these consultation sessions for Albertans to submit feedback on the draft regional plan. The draft plan, details on the consultation, and other related documents including the draft management frameworks are available online at www.landuse.alberta.ca. Read more about Call for Participants: Lower Athabasca Regional Plan Draft Management Frameworks

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ELC Brief on Bill 10, Alberta Land Stewardship Amendment Act, 2011

The Environmental Law Centre has posted their comments on Bill 10, the Alberta Land Stewardship Amendment Act. Download or view their brief on the ELC website.

While the ELC has consistently supported both the Land-use Framework and ALSA as necessary steps towards a strong integrated, binding land use planning system for Alberta, we have as consistently raised our concerns regarding the limited rights for public participation and appeal within this new system and the broad discretion given to government with little accountability. Bill 10 has not eased our concerns on these points.

Read more about ELC Brief on Bill 10, Alberta Land Stewardship Amendment Act, 2011
Media Release

Draft Athabasca Land Use Plan Infringes Treaty 8

First Nations in Oil Sands Region say that the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan does not protect enough land and resources to sustain their traditional livelihood and creates legal risk for Alberta

Fort McMurray -  Alberta Government’s Department of Sustainable Resource Development, headed by Minister Mel Knight, released the draft Lower Athabasca Region Plan (LARP).  The draft plan proposes a 16% increase to conservation areas in the oil sands region, which is significantly less than the recommendations from the Regional Advisory Council (RAC), who advised up to 32%, and considerably less than recommendations from First Nations.  Read more about Draft Athabasca Land Use Plan Infringes Treaty 8

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Declining Grasslands and Species at Risk

On the Environmental Law Centre blog, Laura Bowman posts on the decline on native grasslands in Canada, and the threats posed to the species at risk in Alberta that rely on grassland habitats. Bowman identifies deficiencies in the recently posted Recovery Strategy for the Sprague’s Pipit (Anthus spragueii) in Canada:

Although most of the grasslands on which this bird depends are outside federal lands, only federal lands are identified as critical habitat in the recovery strategy.

Bowman concludes that:

Alberta urgently needs to make a clear commitment to protection of remaining native grasslands to prevent extirpation of grassland species.  Instead, the Alberta Government continues to dispose of native grasslands for other uses.
Read more about Declining Grasslands and Species at Risk
Call for Input

Recovery Strategy for the Ord’s Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys ordii) in Canada

Initiative: 
Recovery Strategy for the Ord’s Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys ordii) in Canada
Deadline: 
8 May 2011

 

The Minister of the Environment is the competent minister for the recovery of the Ord’s Kangaroo Rat and has prepared this strategy, as per section 37 of SARA. It has been prepared in cooperation or consultation with the Alberta Government, Saskatchewan Government, Department of National Defence, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

  Read more about Recovery Strategy for the Ord’s Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys ordii) in Canada

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