Kananaskis logging plan pauses for stakeholder consultation

By Jessica Lee
The Rocky Mountain Outlook
February 21, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

KANANASKIS COUNTRY – A controversial plan to clearcut a forested area about the size of 2,000 football fields in the Upper Highwood of Kananaskis Country is temporarily halted. West Fraser Cochrane, formerly Spray Lake Sawmills, announced in a statement on the company’s website that it’s pausing its 1,100-hectare logging plan to allow time for consultation with stakeholders. “We want to take time to meet with local groups that have expressed an interest in our planned activities and to meet with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to discuss the bridge over the Highwood River,” it stated. “We are now in the process of meeting with local groups that are interested in sharing information regarding forestry operations in the region.” …The logging plan was met with criticism from recreational and environmental groups like Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), Alberta Wilderness Association and Bragg Creek and Kananaskis Outdoor Recreation.

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