After pressure from groups opposed to logging in the West Bragg Creek recreation area, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (AESRD) is hosting an information session at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, August 2 at the Bragg Creek Centre.
Spray Lake Sawmills has a concession to harvest 700 hectares of timber from the area, scheduled to begin in the summer of 2012. AESRD has stated the logging project is required to mitigate potential wildfires, though opponents do not believe clearcut logging is necessary.
West Bragg Creek sees heavy recreational use, particularly for skiing, hiking and cycling. Sustain Kananaskis, one of the groups opposed to the project, argues clearcutting will cause irreversible damage to the forest and the numerous recreational trails within it.