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Call for an immediate moratorium on logging in the Ghost Watershed.

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We urge the Government of Alberta to place an immediate moratorium on logging operations in the Ghost Watershed, which lies within the Upper Bow Basin.  This area includes the headwaters of the Ghost River and Waiparous Creek and represents a critical watershed, which contributes up to 20% to the volume of the Bow River as it passes through Calgary.  It is instrumental in supplying clean, abundant water to downstream municipalities, industry, and over 1.5 million people provincially. Loss of water-absorbing capacity in the upper watershed increases the possibility of downstream flooding, and the role of the Ghost Watershed in storing and slowly releasing water to mitigate downstream flooding and sedimentation cannot be overstated.

The Ghost Watershed has seen increased activity since 2008, with large clearcut blocks being harvested at an alarming rate. But even more alarming is the Forest Management Agreement (FMA) holder’s current plan to condense an ESRD-approved 25-year spatial harvest (~5200 truckloads) in the South B9 Timber Quota into just three years, now commencing November 2015.  This decision was made without consultation with adjacent landowners, adjacent First Nations communities, lease holders, or other area residents.  Neither the company nor ESRD have offered justification for the accelerated harvest. The area is rife with unmapped springs and wetlands. The ground water has never been mapped. It is recognized grizzly habitat and a known denning area. No science has been put forth as to how this plan, occurring within a critical watershed and sensitive wildlife zone, can have anything but disastrous consequences.

Again, we urgently request that the Government of Alberta place an immediate moratorium on logging operations in the Ghost Watershed, until the science and rationale behind these operations is made available to the satisfaction of the public and/or alternate plans that have reduced impact are devised. We simply cannot allow forestry operations in the Ghost Watershed to continue at the current pace.

In addition to the the Premier and Department Ministers, you can send an email or letter to:
Mr. Cameron Westhead, MLA for Banff-Cochrane
315 Legislature Annex
9718 - 107 Street
Edmonton AB T5K 1E4

If you live outside Banff-Cochrane, you can find your MLA here:

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