Residents of High River, Longview and Black Diamond areas have recently found out that there will be extensive logging around Highwood Junction, the southern gateway to Kananaskis Country, next winter. While few Kananaskis trails will be affected — Lower Etherington Creek trail will become a haul road once again, as will the start to Baril Creek — the proposed blocks along the Highwood River slated for clear-cut will be clearly visible from Hwy. 40 and from Junction Hill to the north.
The “villain” appears to be a BC-based company, Balcaen Consolidated Contracting Ltd. with the head office in Vernon. Their contractor locally is CCI Inc. who have an office in Cochrane. Work to build access roads in the area will begin in August.