Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 12, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
IS THE LETHBRIDGE HIRMD January 15, 1971 Alberta Wilderness Association seeks Milk River region wilderness park Suffield Experimental Range near Medicine Hat is doomed to becoming a military person- nel and equipment training ground [or British urnieu forc- es. The Alberta Wilderness As- sociation, In a brief to Allan Warrack, minister of lands and forests is proposing another grassland park around Milk Rivor. "In light of recent contro- versy concerning a grassland national park and the Suffield Exptriinental Range, we feel that now is the time to consid- er alternate sites for wilder- ness prelection of our prairie Uie brief says. Tie proposed site lies in the extreme southeastern section of Alberta, which includes por- tions of Milk River and Lost River Valleys plus a large tract of rolling grassland. TTie park's boundaries would include a "significant portion of the unique environment en- countered in a prairie wilder- the brief states. Much of the area is com- posed of badlands classed as poor for livestock grazing purposes. Most of the land is currently controlled by government as either lease or crown land and supports plants and animals found nowhere else in Alberta or Canada. The Milk River Valley is con- sidered good cettte grazing land compared with the Loit River Valley, which consists primarily of badlands and maintains a "healthy" popula- tion of deer. It is atoo the only Canadian area where the Yucca plant grows Historically the region Is rich, the brief continues. Tee- pee rings are scattered throughout the area, especially Valley of the Lost River typical badlands topography near Milk River along the water courses. The area is also dotted with rum running trails and possi- ble North Weit Mounted Police outpost dating back to the Fort Whoop up era and earlier. The area Is also rich in pre- historic remains. Because the area lacks roads and climatic conditions are harsh, (he region's wilderness character has been preserved. The brief adds: "We believe that the protection of the Al- berta Wilderness Act would be mint appropriate." The wilderness character can be preserved only by careful management, It warns, "Ecological disaster will soon come if motor vehicles and excetalve public use dom- inate the scene." However a PoDuUon Control- Southern spokesm a n says the Sufflekl range can still be saved from the military. David Balfour, PC-SA biolo- gist a conducting Intensive letter writing campaign to groups in Britain and Ottawa. He hopes to activate suffi- cient interest among British ecology groups' to kick off strong protest in that country about the use of Suffield as a tracked vehicle training ground area. One Briton, who was visiting in this region and belonged to a British ecology group promis- ed to stir some reaction from his group, Mr. Balfour sold. "Suffield should be treated the same way as AmcUtka was by he laid. Local soft drink producer says system icon't work By RUDY HAUGENEDER Staff Writer Alberta's new Beverage Con- tamer Act fa going to cost the public nothing but money, a city soft drink producer says. J. M. Kelly, Lethbridge president of Purity Bottling (1907) Ltd. says the 120-depot system planned ttmughout the province to look after the re- turn of soft drink bottles will "not work." The act, which went into ef- fect Jan. 1, 1972, requires a two-cent deposit on all soft drink bottles and cans. Mr. Kelly said a similar scheme which went into effect in British Columbia a year ago is proving a costly failure. Operating costs, including trucking empty soft drink con- tainers, personnel costs and dumping, resulted in a deficit for B.C. depots during their initial four months of business. Mr. Kelly advocated a re- am to the old bottling sys- tem where a container was re- usable and refundable for two- cents. Since the non-reusable con- tainers serve no further pur- pose once opened, and because recycling of these products is currently economically unfea- sible, soft drink manufacturing costs are unnecessarily in- creased. Compounding the used con- tainer collection problem is a regulation which states that cans and battles will only be refunded if they are in good condition. If soft drinks were only mar- keted in reusable bottles as they were in past, they could circulate 20 to 30 times and the cost of soft drinks would not climb and would probably drop three or four cents, he said. His company has discon- tinued manufacturing non-re- ussble bottles and cans be- cause it "doesn't want to add to die current solid waste prob- lem." Anthony Kuzyk, manager of Chinook Bottling Ltd. also said me new act does not solve the litter problem. He blamed bad government advertisements for some of the confusion surrounding the act. The empty non-refillable bot- tles and cans will just be haul- ed to the dump after they are refunded, he said. All the act does is add to costs for everyone, he said. The ctmsumer pays two- cents more for each soft drink, the depots and retailers get a little for their efforts and the money mode from bottles not refunded is used to cushion other costs resulting from the legislation. Nobody Is making anything extra and the consumer is bearing the cost, be added. The price increases that bot- tlers warned would result from the act have begun to pop up. The used soft drink contain- ers will be refunded at depots being established throughout the province. Only the producers of Coca Cola and Pepsi products will not use the depots in Alberta. Refunds for those containers can be obtained at any stores where they are sold. men's UJEflR ANNUAL STARTS THURSDAY 9 A.M. 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