Logging in Bragg Creek

Tomorrow, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development will host a facilitated information session to discuss FireSmart planning for the area west of Bragg Creek. Fire managers, scientists and industry representatives will be on hand to answer your questions about proposed FireSmart activities on public land. The event will take place from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. August 2 at the Bragg Creek Community Centre. Those unable to attend the event will be able to view presentations and share their comments August 4-12 at www.srd.alberta.ca.

To listen to Frank Rackow, guest host of CBC’s The Homestretch, talking to Peter Tucker of Sustain Kananaskis go to the CBC web site.

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  • Clive Cordery Aug 3, 2012, 12:12 pm

    I also attended this meeting. Many thought that the FireSmart plans – basically the proposed clearcuts at West Bragg – were merely a precursor to allowing Spray Lake Sawmills to proceed with their logging plans. One lady mentioned that she recalled an earlier meeting to discuss the logging, when the threat of mountain pine beetle was given as the reason to log. Someone from the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association mentioned that he had proposed shelter belts around the trails to preserve their integrity,where possible, but this suggestion was rejected by SLS as their profit margin was small enough already. That pretty much summed it up for me – this would be a compromise that everyone might accept , but it has been refused. The good news, I guess, is that the logging has yet to start.

  • Alf Skrastins Aug 2, 2012, 11:02 pm

    This meeting was better organized and facilitated than previous attempts, but it was really more of an attempt by ASRD to sell the idea that logging cut-blocks are the only method that they are prepared to consider for Fire-Smart protecting Bragg Creek. The speakers and presenters did not include anyone from the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association, the Bragg Creek Firesmart Committee, the Tourism, Recreation and Parks Ministry, Kananaskis Country or Spray Lakes Sawmills. As such, the meeting was symptomatic of the lack of communication between government departments and land users, which is a major reason that the logging issue has become controversial in this area.
    Diana McQueen, the Minister of Envirionment and Sustainable Resource Development was not present, but local MLA Ron Casey did attend and appeared to be listening carefully. I sure hope he understands that what is really needed here is meaningful communication between all of the government departments, the land users AND the public recreational users. If he could take that message back to Premier Redford and the caucus, the meeting will have been worthwhile.

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