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Spray Lakes Open House
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Spray Lakes open house.
ANNA KROUPINA
Pass Herald Reporter
Spray Lake Sawmills Ltd. (SLS) held their annual open house detailing their harvest operating plan showing the areas within the C5 Forest Management Unit that are going to be harvested during the 2017 / 2018 operating season and into the future at the Hillcrest Fish and Game Hall on May 11.

The open house provided information on the 2017 General Development Plan and various Forest Harvest Plans. SLS staff were on hand to answer questions and accept public feedback.

“Along the Crowsnest Pass, our operations will focus on the Racehorse and Wintering Creek, as well as Savanna Creek and the Indian Graves area,” says Wade Aebli, C5 Woodlands Operations Supervisor at Spray Lake.

At the open house, Spray Lake Sawmills also exhibited future logging plans beyond 2018 with the intent of receiving feedback from the public.
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“We like it if people look at the future plans better because for this upcoming year, there’s less opportunity to make changes at this late stage. But if we can get people looking at the future plans, then there’s more opportunity for us to incorporate their concerns or ideas,” says Ed Kulcsar, Vice President, Woodlands. “We’ve got much better chance of incorporating them now than at the last minute.”

The designated loggings areas were designed according to the detailed forest management plan that guides logging practices and activities.

“A critical component of the detailed forest management plan is the spatial harvest sequence that schedules coniferous timber stands throughout the C5 Forest Management Unit guiding where our operations move,” says Aebli. “As part of that, the Operating Ground Rules details how to harvest timber while protecting watershed values as well as may other environmental concerns in Southern Alberta. We adhere very strictly to the Operating Ground Rules.”

Public input has expressed concern over the protection of the public lands along Alberta’s Eastern Slopes.
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According to Kulcsar, only 30% of the land base in the Eastern Slopes is available for commercial timber harvesting and 70% of public lands are protected, including the recently established Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park.

There is still opportunity for public input.

“If the public is interested, they can always call the office and make an appointment to drop by and look at the maps if they didn’t get a chance to come by the open house today,” says Kulscar.

The Blairmore office is located at 12530 – 21 Avenue.ay Lake Sawmills open house
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