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In addition to logging carried out over winter 2012 / 2013, this FALL Spray Lake Sawmills is planning to clear cut an even bigger area of trees in the West Bragg Creek area of Kananaskis Country.
The new clear cut operation is planned to cover West Bragg Creek to Station Flats.
These logging cut blocks will be located directly next to or surrounding at least 25 kms of recreational ski, cycling, equestrian, hiking and snowshoeing trails.
Logging operations are planned to start this fall (2013).
This logging will have a direct and irreversible impact on the local trails. The stakeholder group is once again making no progress in discussing these plans.
While Government consultation on land use in this region is in progress (the development of the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP)) there should be no new clear-cut logging.
Over 1 million Albertans and tourists visit this region of Kananaskis every year yet, there is still no public consultation for logging plans in place.
Kananaskis country facts
- Formed in 1978 by then Premier Peter Lougheed to help Albertans connect to the environment.
- West Bragg Creek region is the closest recreation area to Calgary — a short, 40 minute drive for a million people to access skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, biking, fishing and equestrian activites.
- In 2011, 35 kilometers of new trails were built by the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association with support from Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation.
- These trails were built using over 2,400 volunteer hours, with machinery and material costs funded by private donations and public grants.
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The public have raised concerns to Alberta ESRD in the Land Use Framework about this type of logging.
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Hon. Diana McQueen, Minister for the Environment and SRD, has been asked by Premier Redford to look into the logging plans.
We are once again campaigning via clear, respectful letter writing.
Our local SRD representatives are now making decisions about the logging company's proposed plan. Write to them asking them to hold a facilitated public consultation before they make their decision. Morgan Kehr -firstname.lastname@example.org
Please cc your local SRD letter to Minister McQueen, Premier Redford and CC email@example.com including permission to table your letter in the legislature (optional)
You can also print out and send your email letter to them by mail - IMPORTANT: remember to sign and date it and add your address and phone number.
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