To: Our Members, Volunteers, and Users
From: GBCTA (Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association)
MMBTS (Moose Mountain Bike Trail Society)
CMBA (Calgary Mountain Biking Alliance)

Spray Lakes Sawmills (SLS) is currently seeking public input on their draft 2021 Forest Management Plan, which contains proposed logging near 12 recreational trails in the West Bragg Creek (WBC) and Moose Mountain areas.  The deadline for public input to SLS is July 21, 2020. The forest harvest plan can be found at:  https://www.spraylakesawmills.com/woodlands/forest-management-planning/.

A map showing the proposed new logging areas, previously logged areas (2012-14), and WBC/Moose Mountain recreational trails is available at: West Bragg and Moose Mountain Trails.

Trails that could be impacted by the proposed logging (within the next 10 years) include:

  • Race of Spades
  • 7-27
  • Pneuma
  • Fullerton Loop
  • Bobcat
  • Snakes & Ladders
  • Ranger Summit
  • Sugar Mama
  • Sugar Daddy
  • Strangebrew
  • Snagmore
  • Elbow

The GBCTA, MMBTS and CMBA encourage trail users to provide their input to SLS by July 21. You may also participate in an Alberta Environment & Parks (AEP) session called “Ask An Expert”, June 25th from 1 to 4PM at https://www.facebook.com/RespectTheLand.

The June 5, 2020 SLS email regarding their draft Forest Management Plan is included below.

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,
GBCTA, MMBTA, and CMBA

NOTE 1:
June 5, 2020 SLS email from SLS (Spray Lakes Sawmills)

From: Jason Mogilefsky
Subject: 2021 DRAFT Forest Management Plan-we want your input
Date: June 5, 2020 at 2:04:01 PM MDT

Good Afternoon,
The draft 2021 Forest Management Plan and milestone 3 information package are available on our website:
https://www.spraylakesawmills.com/woodlands/forest-management-planning/
There will be 30 Alberta working days, beginning on June 5, 2020 and ending on July 21, 2020 to provide input.
Thanks!

NOTE 2:
Additionally, Alberta Environment and Parks are hosting an online “ask an expert” session on recreation on public land tomorrow (June 25) from 1-4pm. Questions can be sent by sending the “respect the lands” Facebook page a direct message. This could be an excellent opportunity to advocate for more trail development in the Elbow Valley to keep up with growing user demand. Details for that are below:

  •  https://www.facebook.com/RespectTheLand.
  • People will ask their questions by sending the “Respect our Lands” Facebook page a direct message, and the page will be monitored for the  incoming questions;
  • The AEP moderators will weed out whatever questions are not relevant and then send questions to the appropriate expert on the AEP team;
  • The questions and responses will be shared directly on our Respect our Lands Facebook page; and
  • Following the session, AEP will compile the questions and answers into a FAQ document, which we will be shared publicly.