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AWA News Release: Alberta Defers Logging in Ranges of Threatened Woodland Caribou

July 11, 2013

AWA news release. Following up on their May decision to defer the sale of mineral leases in the Little Smoky ranges of the Woodland Caribou, the Government of Alberta recently extended the deferral to include forestry activities in the same area. As reported in the Hinton Parklander article of July 8, 2013, the logging deferral will exclude logging from 35 percent of the forest management agreement (FMA) area held by ANC Timber, Ltd. (also known as Alberta Newsprint Company). This area is about 100 km north of Hinton, and overlaps with the ranges of the Little Smoky and the A La Peche woodland caribou herds. The woodland caribou is a threatened species in Alberta, with only an estimated 78 and 135 animals remaining in those two herds.

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If I were asked to illustrate a scene of utter serenity and peace, I would choose a picture of a mother grizzly wandering across flower-covered slopes with two small cubs gamboling at her heels. This is truly a part of the deep tranquility that is the wilderness hallmark.
- Andy Russell, 1975
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