Castle Protected Area Update ...
Feb. 14th, Media Coverage
Protesters in Calgary and Edmonton rally against logging
Alberta's opposition wants logging stopped on Castle Mountain
Logging protest held at McDougall Centre
Feb. 13th, Campaign Action Alert - LOGGING HAS STARTED
Use Your Leverage as a Visitor or Voter to Stop Clear-Cutting in Castle Protected Area - "Alberta's Costa Rica"
Feb. 3rd, Media Release
Court Adjourns Castle logging issue until time in schedule to hear the whole case
Jan. 25th, Canadian Press
Officials want to avoid heavy hand in logging protest"
Jan. 19th, Media Release
Alberta Government kicks public out of protected area so Spray Lake Sawmills can begin clear-cutting
Citizens have vowed to peacefully and legally occupy the popular protected area until Spray Lake Sawmills contractors leave for one of the other approved logging areas closer to the sawmill and not at issue with the public. Spray Lakes Mills is located more than 6 hours away by logging truck.
A satellite phone has arrived on site so media can now talk directly with the legal outfitting camp and residents' rotating picket-line that is now into its 7th day of holding back logging equipment from starting-up in the Castle protected area, west of Pincher Creek. Spray Lake Sawmills logging contractors and equipment started arriving on site last Tuesday. It has been more than three-decades since any government has approved clear-cut logging in a designated protected area in Alberta. This is the first time in the province's history that Albertans have mounted a successful picket-line holding back clear-cut logging and road building equipment. This one on former national park land and inside what since 1998 has been the Castle Special Management Area, which the Alberta Cabinet (all the Ministers of the government) designated as a protected area for the "preservation of Alberta's natural heritage." International standards don't accept commercial logging inside designate protected areas within developed countries and clearly, neither do Albertans.
The 81 square kilometer logging license, issued without public consultation, covers the popular, year-round recreation core of the Castle Special Management Area, where there are four Provincial Recreation areas with campgrounds, Scout Canada's Camp Impeesa and a number of designated trails. Fifteen trails, 15 winter and 12 summer totalling 58 kilometers, would be logged over. Cut-blocks add up to clearing half of the mature forest over three winters. In the approved logging plan for Spray Lake Sawmills, located west of Calgary, Sustainable Resource Development estimates the clear-cutting will turn this mountain recreation area into 4,373 truckloads of logs.
For interviews or more information:
- Gordon Petersen, Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition: 403 627-3732
- Mike Judd, local outfitter: 403 627-2949
- Peter Sherrington, Beaver Mines, 403 627-352
Help Residents' Hold Back Clear-Cutting
Follow signs to Castle Mountain Resort. West of Beaver Mines on #774, drive 1.7 kms past the Castle Special Management Area / Forestry entrance. On left hand side. (Coordinates 49.418126 N, 114.289171 W).
CAN’T COME? – HELP BY
Phoning & emailing Premier Redford 780 427-2251 or in Alberta free-call at 310-0000, firstname.lastname@example.org AND your MLA, find at http://streetkey.elections.ab.ca/
TO VOLUNTEER FOR A SHIFT ON SITE:
Phone Peter Sherrington 403 627-3522 email@example.com; or Carolyn Aspeslet at Castle Crown Wilderness Coalition office 9:30 am to 2:30 pm 403 627-5059 or evenings 403 628-3528, firstname.lastname@example.org or Mike Judd 403 627-2949.
Car pool to site. Dress warm (in layers); outfitters tent there to warm up in. Come self contained (snacks, lunch, water, etc). Please remember that there are no facilities of any kind. Outhouses are further along the road at the Syncline x-country parking lot, or store with food & washrooms in Beaver Mines.
To keep this a peaceful, lawful and respectful site. Saving the Castle protected area & all there deserve that respect.
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