Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Critics Oppose Spray Lakes Clearcutting, Say It Increases Flood Risk

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Critics Oppose Spray Lakes Clearcutting, Say It Increases Flood Risk

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Critics oppose Spray Lakes clearcutting

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CALGARY - The Alberta government's approval of clearcutting in a popular recreational area west of Calgary has raised the ire of local residents who fear the move could result in large fluctuations in water levels and potential flooding.

Spray Lakes Sawmills has been authorized to cut a nine square kilometre section of land in the south Ghost area over the next few years.

Dave Richards' of Saddle Peak Trail Rides believes the increase in logging will have an impact on the picturesque landscape and the bottom line of his family business as he refuses to guide visitors through clearcut land.

Critics of the plan say logging will hurt the local economy and ecology while removing a natural flooding buffer. …

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