Logging is one of those old school “live off the land” industries that when done sustainably and responsibly can be both profitable and OK for ecosystems. Clear cut logging, like the project proposed in Southwest Alberta’s Kenanaskis Country, however, has a long list of potential harmful ecological impacts. A local volunteer group, Take a Stand for Kananaskis and the Upper Highwood, is sounding the alarm and providing Canadians an easy to use platform to advocate against this project.
- With the many impacts of clear cutting, streams and rivers, and all the organisms inhabiting these waterbodies, face heightened risks. After clearcutting a timber stand, erosion can wreak havoc on river systems–oftentimes, fundamentally altering the region’s hydrology, ecosystems and fisheries.
- This project is not small. It will log 1,100 hectares (nearly 2,500 football fields) and is adjacent to Alberta’s Highwood River, a tributary of the famed Bow River and well known for its premier fly fishing opportunities for bull trout and west slope cutthroat.
- What makes this project unique–from the public’s perspective–is Albertans pay an annual $90 fee to recreate in this zone. And now, a logging company is gearing up to clear cut this public land!
- The project is set to begin in a couple months, which is “during the winter closure of the Highwood Pass, a closure that is meant to protect the winter migration of wildlife in the area.”