Three things to remember
1. The forests in K-country have a high economic and social value (water purification, recreation, wildlife habitat) when left in an unlogged state.
2. Clearcutting a forest because some of its trees might be attacked by mountain pine beetles is inappropriate. Mountain pine beetles are unlikely to wipe out the lodgepole pine forests of K-country, as the trees that are too small to be attacked by beetles will quickly grow when their larger competitors are removed by beetles. This process is reflected in Waterton National Park, whose pine forests were attacked by mountain pine beetles in the late 1970s. 30 years after the attack, Waterton's forests are now attractive and healthy.
3. Demand the creation of Moose Mountain Park in NE K-country, a place where natural processes (especially fire and insects) will determine natural forest regeneration. This park would protect Calgary's drinking water supply, recreational opportunities, and natural habitat.
Ralph Cartar, President, Bragg Creek Environmental Coalition
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