For Release: Monday, September 20, 2010
Beaver Mines, Alberta: The ad hoc group, Stop Castle Logging, will hold a rally on Thursday, September 23, starting about 8:30 a.m. outside the Bayshore Hotel in Waterton Lakes National Park where local MLA Evan Berger will be addressing the conference Remarkable Beyond Borders: Shaping the Future of the Crown of the Continent. The rally is intended to let Mr. Berger and the conference attendees know that plans to allow Cochrane-based Spray Lake Sawmills (SLS) to clear-cut log in the Castle Special Place west of Pincher Creek, Alberta, are unacceptable.
The provincial department of Sustainable Resource Development, of which MLA Evan Berger is Parliamentary Assistant, has given SLS permission to clear-cut log in the area between Beaver Mines Lake, Castle Falls and over Carbondale Hill into Lynx Creek. This is a prime recreational area that includes provincial campgrounds and Scouts Canada’s Camp Impeesa. The area is also considered core grizzly bear habitat for the Alberta grizzly bear recovery plan, and is a key component of the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem. Much of the area is zoned critical wildlife.
Members of the Stop Castle Logging group and others have been writing, calling, and meeting with Mr. Berger for months now, but Mr. Berger seems more intent on promoting the interests of Spray Lake Sawmills than on representing the views of his constituents.
For more information please go to stopcastlelogging.org and/or contact:
Karin Buhrmann, Gladstone Valley, (403) 627-5365
Rick Cooke, Crowsnest Pass, (403) 564-4642, (403) 564-5177
Phil Hazelton, Gladstone Valley, (403) 627-4407
Rebecca Holand, Beaver Mines, (403) 627-4879
Gordon Petersen, Beaver Mines, (403) 627-3732
Peter Sherrington, Beaver Mines, (403) 627-3522
Jacques Thouin, Beaver Mines, (403) 627-4879