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You, perhaps, see it as not just a place from which resources are extracted, but a place where one may find respite and provide Albertans with real happiness and a sense of place.

 

December 20, 2007

Dear Premier Stelmach,

On the news today, I overheard your announcement that 2008 will be a ‘green’ one for Albertans. I applaud the effort! However, in our ‘neck of the woods’ near Bragg Creek, clear cut logging is slated to proceed for the next half decade. In fact the logging trucks roll past the hamlet daily, in some cases weighed down with old growth trees. We have tried, in vain I truly believe, to send letters, have held a rally in downtown Calgary, and presented a petition to the Legislature with over 1,200 names, all in an effort to stop the clear cut logging of Kananaskis Country. Minister Morton (SRD) has publicly denounced our efforts to protect this finite swath of forest.

At first, fire suppression was the argument, and now the pine beetle threat. While both are concerns to us in Bragg Creek, we feel that clear cut logging is NOT the best practice to mitigate these ‘threats’. We have proposed alternatives (science and forestry practices) and I am asking you, please, to consider them. We are also looking to create a park in this area of Kananaskis Country, as it is the most popular with Calgarians, 500,000 of whom visited the eastern half of this area we are proposing to protect in perpetuity.

Premier Stelmach, it would seem that you have a more holistic view of our cherished Alberta environment. You, perhaps, see it as not just a place from which resources are extracted, but a place where one may find respite and provide Albertans with real happiness and a sense of place. We, in the Bragg Creek area, cherish the forests around us. To see them carted away daily, is truly a painful and weakening experience. Please, if you have any influence over SRD, would you, for 2008, in a legacy-building gesture, stop the logging and perhaps put in motion the idea of a park for this sensitive area? You, above others, know how trees help reduce our carbon footprint, so I believe it would fit within your environmental mandate to protect this small area for generations to come.

Merry Christmas to you and your family, and Happy New Year!

Yours very sincerely,

Victor Pedenko & Family