Grinch Spotted Near Beaver Mines, Alberta. Forest Begins Disappearing.
For immediate release: Beaver Mines, AB, December 20, 2012
The Grinch has been spotted in several locations in the vicinity of Beaver Mines, AB, southwest of Pincher Creek.
“We knew that seeing the Grinch lurking about couldn’t be a good sign, but our worst fears have been realized”, says Gordon Petersen, a local resident. “Our forest has begun to disappear.”
Despite several years of massive public opposition, and protests that eventually led to the arrests of five people last February, Spray Lake Sawmills has begun clear-cutting some 1000 truckloads of logs from the heart of the Castle Special Place.
“I guess our Christmas present this year will be a depressing sea of stumps and debris in what used to be our forest”, continued Petersen. “We’re afraid the Grinch is bringing us silted-up waterways, homeless wildlife, broken-hearted recreationalists, and fuming businessmen.”
“Putting a hold on years 2 and 3 of this logging operation didn’t mean that year 1 wouldn’t be completed. It’s just too bad that next spring grizzly bears will wake up and find their trees gone, and cutthroat trout will swim in cloudy streams”, says Sarah Elmeligi of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. “And, unlike in Dr. Seuss’ story, they won’t simply be able to put the forest back. Not for another hundred years.”
For further comment:
Gordon Petersen, Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition, (403) 627-3732
Sarah Elmeligi, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (403) 609-9593