Here is a message from Bruce Barker, GBCTA Ski Committee Chair:
The Bragg Creek FireSmart Public Meeting is going ahead on Sept 25, 2012 from 6:30 pm to 9 pm at the Bragg Creek Community Centre. No details have been provided on the agenda, but the Minister of ESRD, Diana McQueen will be in attendance. It is critical that all trail users including those from Calgary and surrounding area show up and provide your view on the importance of trails. This is especially important in light of the reasons below:
1) At the Sept 8 and 9 community workshop, a west containment line was brought back to the table by ESRD, despite it being removed at the request of the community 2 years ago. These cutblocks include Tom Snow, Ridgeback, Race of Spades, and Special K in the south, and Tom Snow and Moose Loop ski trail in the north.
2) At that workshop, west cutblocks were mistakenly added to the GBCTA mitigation plan (Option 2 on the website below). Despite repeated requests by the GBCTA, these cutblocks have not been removed from the GBCTA plan, and are before the Minister for consideration. Again, this would be devastating to Tom Snow, Ridgeback, Race of Spades, and Special K. The GBCTA continues to try to have these cutblocks removed, but it appears they will still be on the table at the Sept 25 meeting.
3) Two of five options before the Minister do not include any trail mitigations, and would be incredibly damaging to the entire west Bragg Creek and Station Flats trails.
Information on the five options before the Minister can be found on ESRD’s website.
I have also included the Memo to the Minister that was sent to her after the workshop along with the 5 proposals for FireSmart logging in Bragg Creek. We believe that it will be extremely important to come to this meeting, listen, and comment. Please attend if it is at all possible. It will likely be your last chance to provide your input to the Minister.