Tuesday, July 14, 2009  
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Quote of the Week
“No, I did not.”
- Councillor John Salus  
- when questioned whether 
or not he divulged confidential 
information to the Pass Herald 

 

 
More than a dozen residents attended a public hearing at the regular council meeting of Tuesday, July 7, to air their views and join the debate about road use options for Spray Lake Sawmills’ planned McGillivray Creek log haul late this year.
Spray Lake identified two major road use options at a previous council meeting. The first, and their preferred option, was to simply use the main McGillivray Creek Road, connecting Knowle’s Flats with Highway 3. The second option was to build a new road between McGillivray Creek and Atlas Road. This option would be more expensive to the logging company, and would destroy a trail maintained by the Quad Squad.
A third option was identified by Fred Krish, who owns land in the McGillivray area. He suggested Spray Lake could use a road allowance that runs parallel to the main McGillivray Creek Road, on the west side of a nearby ridge.
Krish said that it would require a bit of work to make ready for logging trucks, but would be less work than building a whole new road.
Several others spoke in opposition to this notion, primarily on ecological grounds.
 
Dave Dudys, who also owns land in the McGillivray area, said that the west side of the ridge was the worst possible place to put a road. The area is a critical winter range for elk, he said, and he could not support disturbing them when there is already a road (McGillivray Creek Road) on the east side of the ridge.
It would forever change the value of the land, he said, just for six months of log hauling. “That to me is not an option,” said Dudys.
Wildlife biologist Darren Dorge agreed. He said that the area is very important for elk and for carnivores.
Rick Cooke, a board member with the Crowsnest Conservation Society, spoke on their behalf. He said that the municipality needs to consider the wildlife in the area, and think about what is valuable to the Pass in the long run. He suggested that if Spray Lake cannot make money without disturbing the municipality, perhaps they should not be doing business.
Martin Wilson, a forest planner with Spray Lake Sawmills, said that the company had already looked at the option suggested by Krish, and ruled it out. He indicated that a power line in the area presents a safety hazard, and said that Spray Lake wants to reduce their footprint on the landscape and does not want to impact the wildlife in that area.
... for the full story, see the July 14 issue of the Pass Herald.
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