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Protesters gather at an open house held at Spray Lake
Sawmills’ Blairmore office on Thursday, May 5th.
 
A group of conservation enthusiasts and area residents gathered at Spray Lake Sawmills’ annual open house on Thursday, May 5th, to protest the company’s plans to log much of the Castle Special Management Area.
At the open house, SLS provided the public with maps detailing their preliminary harvest plans an annual operating plan, as well as addressing area activities and usages, critical wildlife corridors, watersheds, and types of vegetation.
“The information provides a snapshot for today and for years to come,” said SLS Woodlands Manager Gord Lehn. “We are providing an opportunity for people to look at the maps and voice any questions or concerns they may have.”
Some of the protesters’ main concerns included disruption of critical grizzly bear habitat in the Castle, watershed issues, and deforestation.
 
Robin Pisko, Market Action Coordinator for the Alberta Foothills Network has been heading up the Stop Castle Logging campaign, going around to retailers and lumber yards in southwest Alberta, asking them to stop selling SLS wood from the Crowsnest Forest.
“They can log north of here, we just don’t want them destroying forests in this area,” Pisko said at the open house.
Pisko said the group is working to have the entire Castle and Crowsnest Pass wilderness area designated as a wildland park, and hopes to get all western Canadian lumber retailers on board with the mission.
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