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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, April II, 1974 THE LCTHBRIDOE HERALD -11 Purcell Wilderness Conservacy Map shivers Crestbrook's timbers CRANBROOK (Special) "We are shocked, to put it said John Murray, woodlands manager for Crestbrook Forest Industries, summing up his reaction to a new government map of the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy. "It takes out 400 million cubic feet of timber reserves from our operating says Mr. Murray. "You are looking at well over two billion board feet of Umber." The Crestbrook woodlands manager told the Lethbridge Herald Wednesday his firm doesn't really know the full impact of the park, but: For starters, it will wipe out plans for this year's logging operations and force the company back on a crash program of road building and logging in the St. Mary's watershed to feed the sawmill at Cranbrook. It precludes any logging in the Fry Creek area and about half of the Carney Creek area and dictates that there will be no "wheeled logging" in that area, where Crestbrook and T and H Logging of Kaslo were given permits two years ago. The best timber in the Skookumchuk area is now out of bounds and plans for Findlay Creek cannot be followed up. The wilderness conservancy was announced recently by Resources Minister Robert Williams and Recreation and Conservation Minister Jack Radford. It joins the Fry Creek Canyon Recreation Area, a corridor including the creek and connecting the conservancy with Kootenay Lake. The conservancy will be maintained for a single use: recreation. No motorized vehicles will be allowed in. Mr. Williams said, "Before the area was designated, it was assessed for all potential resource uses by an inter-departmental task force. The forests included in the area, only cubic feet, were found to be at high altitudes and slow growing. No significant mineral potentials were identified in the conservancy. "All factors considered, it was apparent that creation of a wilderness conservancy, which would recognize the tremendous wildland recreation potential of the Purcell Mountains, was the best use of the area's resources." 'Logging impact no that great9 Each company has an "area" within which it makes its plans. Crestbrook's area was severely affected by establishment of the conservancy. Revelstoke Sawmills of Radium had plans on Toby Creek and T and H Logging are affected in the Fry-Carney watershed Mr. Murray's estimate of the amount of timber within the conservancy is higher than Mr Williams by 100 times. He says about cubic feet will be lost to the industry and he ilso maintains that little of it is in the subalpme area. "They are all choice areas, with choice timber and logging he says The Fry-Carney area holds the best stands of spruce in the Lardeau; and the Dewar and Skookumchuck stands are also prime, starting at feet, he says Subalpine is considered to start at feet altitude. "When you remove a tremendous volume like that, that has to have a terrific affect on your annual he says, adding that the park is much larger than necessary. "Two-thirds of that country we would never touch anyway. We don't go near the alpine and sub-alpine areas. The other one-third takes 100 years before we return on our rotation basis." Mr. Murray says the impact of logging isn't that great. "Unfortunately we have run into a wilderness park situation." Clement Garside, general manager, made a more detailed estimate of the amount of timber "alienated" by the establishment of the conservancy. Forest service figures would put the loss in the Lardeau area at cunits, in Cranbrook at cunits, in upper Kootenay at cunits and in Windermere at cunits. Total loss would be cunits A cunit is 100 cubic feet. As a measure of how far a cumt will go, each of Crestbrook's sawmills at Cranbrook and Canal Flats will use about cunits per year. Crestbrook losing 1974 mainstay Crestbrook will lose worth of roads and landings built in the Dewar Creek area, the mainstay of 1974 operations. "We're in a disastrous position he said, in reference to Dewar and the west arm of the St Mary's River. Plans were made and approved three years ago for logging there and roads built "two years ahead of time, to prevent sloughing when the logging starts Crestbrook "got a gold star for planning" in Dewar Creek, Mr. Murray points out in reference to reaction from fish and game people who lauded Crestbrook's cut and leave approach on Dewar and the St. Mary's west arm What will the company do instead? It will have to move to a crash program on Redding Creek and Meachen Creek. On Redding, it will have to build nearly 20 miles of new road before it gets to an area it can log, at a possible cost of "We might helicopter log Carney at considerable said Mr. Garside. "The Fry and Carney areas contain the best peeler logs in the Lardeau area." Logging would have gone on there for up to 35 years Peeler logs are used to make plywood Crestbrook's plant at Creston is operating on a three-day week because of a shortage of logs Crestbrook was counting on the Fry Creek resource to maintain full production at the Creston operation, said Gordon Fisher, plant manager Prospects for full production at the plant "do not look rosy at the present" Cranbrook may also have to go back to Bule Creek, although the area has already been logged. Crestbrook is a strong believer in multiple use of resources and its planning has been directed to allowances for other uses than logging That is one reason, says the Crestbrook president, that the company is upset with the map "It deprives the community of the economic benefits of the he says. He wonders what happened to the elusive Chambers report on the Purcells, which was completed in its first draft last fall, within months of the government freeze of the Purcells, but which has not yet been officially released, although it was leaked to the media in Vancouver Mr Brown says Crestbrook made an extensive submission to Dr. Alan Chambers, who wrote the report, "but if he included the information we gave him, it was ignored. Mr. Murray maintains the report should have been made public. Then public meetings could have been held. 1973 1973 1972 1972 1972 1971 1971 1971 1969 1968 CENTRAL SERVICE CARDSTON LTD. 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Complete Car A Truck Service MllnSMlCARDSTQN Contract CARDSTON Remington Construction Ltd of Cardston has won a contract with the provincial highways department to construct concrete substructures for the Bow River bridge south of Rolling Hills. The bridge is on secondary road 875 Rolling Hills is near Brooks. Two other tenders, both higher, were received The bottle hunters Wayne Greiner, 10, of Burdett, and his dog, Lassie, hunt bottles along Highway 3 from Burdett to the Foremost Road. They manage to collect about worth per trip. Wayne uses the money for sports equipment. Taber council hopes to make corner safer TABER (HNS) Coun. Mike Powell has recommended that the town make a study of the intersection of 50th Street and 50th Avenue to determine what can be done to make the corner safe for traffic and pedestrians. This corner has been the scene of two serious automobile accidents 'in the past year. Coun Powell reminded council that about one year ago it was agreed that yellow lines marking driving lanes and "stop ahead" were to be painted on 50th Avenue on each side of 50th Street. Weekend campout in 'Pass COLEMAN (CNP Bureau) Lynx Creek Ranger station Junior Forest Wardens Camp will be humming with activity this weekend when more than 100 Boy Scouts and Junior Forest Wardens take part in a camp competitions. The camp will begin on Friday evening and competitions in compass reading, knot tying, fire lighting, axemanship, cooking on open fires, setting up bivouacs and shelters, making gadgets and other items dear to a boy's heart will be held Cooking roasts and preparing cookies and biscuits for the camp will also be part of the weekend campout The events will be judged by leaders accompanying the boys and presentation of trophies and awards for the various age groups will be made on Sunday afternoon, after which the camp will break up. "The work was never said Coun Powell His colleagues agree the corner is dangerous. A meeting will be held for police and public works officials to recommend a solution for the problem at the corner. In other business, council went on record as favoring local engineer Bent N. Madsen as consultant for water projects planned this year by the town However, since the PFRA also is involved, it has the final say on which firm will be hired The PFRA recommended hiring the consulting engineering firm, Reed Carowther and Associates of Calgary Council introduced bylaw D- 12, authorizing the borrowing by debenture of the estimated cost of installing northwest corner storm sewers in the downtown area and the northwest corner of Taber. Following a report by town supenntent Tony Borecky on the estimated cost of installing new water mams in the downtpwn area, council discussed the pros and cons of having the town crews do the work, as opposed to contracting the job. No decision was reached. Mr Borecky was asked to submit his recommendations as to rates to be charged in future for the rental of town equipment. Council set the annual town cleanup for the two weeks starting May 6 Secretary treasurer Thomas M. Anton or assistant Larry Flexhaug were authorized to attend a zone meeting to be held at Brooks May 8. Council members also were authorized to attend Sporting events in the Taber Centre Hockey Arena will be watched by spectators in new, comfortable convention seats next fall Council has accepted the offer of Taber Sport Enterprises Ltd owners of the Golden Suns Junior A Hockey Team, to provide new seats in the arena. The new seating will have formed backs, and fold-up seats for easier walking between rows The South In short Family holds dolls festival NATAL (HNS) The Shuhei Mase family of Fernit recently celebrated its first girls' dolls festival in honor ol seven-year-old daughter Kukika. The traditional Japanese event has been held for years, says Shuhei. He is an employee of Kaiser Resources Ltd. in the hydraulic mine mechanical engineering department. A feature of the festival is a display of special dolls representing the Japanese feudal hierarchy. This year the Mase family finally obtained enough dolls to make a display A full set is 15 dolls. They are handed down from mother to daughter. Weapons, armor, household items and musical instruments, all in miniature, are placed below the dolls. Former 'Pass residents return BLAIRMORE (CNP Bureau) Beverley Cleave of Edmonton recently presented to Crowsnest Pass General Hospital Assistant Administrator George Siska on behalf of about 300 former Crowsnest Pass residents who held a reunion here recently. Judge Albert Catonio of Edmonton, a Biairmcre native son, addressed former Pass residents from Boston, Ottawa, Prince Rupert. Whitehorse, Victoria, Hinton, Rycroft, Grande Prairie, Lethbndge, Calgary, and the Pass towns The money is to be used to purchase something for the new senior citizens home. DA opens Bow Island office FOREMOST (HNS) County of Forty-Mile district agriculturist Jim Birch is available to Bow Island area farmers Thursday afternoons at the St. Mary River Irrigation District Building, 705 Centre St. Mr Birch is available to appraise land for loans to beginning farmers up to 30 years of age. He can also be consulted on planning restrictions and land zoning regulations now coming into effect for animal waste management. This pertains mainly to farmers located close to towns and villages. Child clinics scheduled COALDALE The Barons Eureka Health Unit is sponsoring the following infant and pre-school climes. PICTURE BUTTE: Tuesday, April 23, in the Picture Butte High School from 10 a m. to 12 noon and 1 30 to 4 p.m TABER: Tuesday, April 23, in the health unit office, in the Administration Building, from 10 a m to 12 noon and 1- 30 to 4 p m. NOBLEFORD: Wednesday, April 24, in the school from 1.30 to p.m VAUXHALL: Wednesday, April 24, in the elementary school from 10 a m to 12 noon and 1 to 3 p.m COALDALE- Thursday, April 25, in the health unit office, in the town office building (upstairs) from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 30 to 4 p m. WALSH CATTLE MARKETING ASSOCIATION hat for auction sale 1000 Head of Feeder Yearlings Ranch quality, ready for grass or feed lots Sale starts: 1 p.m. Sat. April 20th For Information phone 937-2424 JOHN WALSH, ALBERTA Report your news to [the LetHbridge Herald; Correspondent in Your Area TABER ROSS GIBB TURIN MRS PAULJUHAH TYRELL'S LAKE MRS HOWARD HAMLING VAUXHALL MRS R W POWERS WARNER MRS PEARL LIEBELT 8PARWOOD MRS MOLLY LATKA 223-2252 738-4394 642-2263 654-2369 642-3610 425-6617 Contact theee people for your District News or Claaelfled Advertising There's one great reason why Acadian 400 is becoming so popular. Flavour! SUPERIOR SUPERB CANADIAN S'ECIAUV AOCO MELLOW TAttf AIO ;