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West Fraser’s Proposed Moon Creek Logging – The Worst Place in Alberta to Clearcut?

November 1, 2021

Wild Lands Advocate article by: Carolyn Campbell, AWA Conservation Director

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In late July 2021 AWA learned that West Fraser Hinton was proposing imminent clearcuts in a particularly inappropriate area of west central Alberta, near the town of Grande Cache. The proposed access roads, water crossings, and roughly 2,660 hectares of cutblocks that will extend for kilometres on both sides of Moon Creek, will:

  • destroy critical habitat of Threatened mountain caribou;
  • overlap and threaten critical habitat of Endangered Athabasca rainbow trout; and
  • run right to the borders of the iconic Willmore Wilderness Area.

If Alberta practiced an environmentally sustainable approach to forestry management, any one of these elements would disqualify this plan.

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