2008-12-11

Clear-cutting may be a solution to pine beetles

One of southern Alberta’s most famous mountains could soon be scarred by clear-cut logging, area residents fear, but an Alberta forestry company says logging is the only way to respond to the pine beetle infestation that’s spread east from British Columbia.

It says trees in the Atlas Road area, at the base of Crowsnest Mountain, could begin falling shortly after Christmas.

That’s going to have a severe impact on the area’s recreation and tourism opportunities, Pass citizens warn. They’re urging the provincial government to order selective logging instead, leaving trails intact and preserving views of the craggy peak that towers over their municipality.