Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Stop Castle Logging group holds Beaver Mines rally

Stop Castle Logging rally
C. Davis images/video

Chris Davis

Supporters of the Stop Castle Logging group joined rallied on Sunday, January 20.  The event began with press interviews and several speeches in the Beaver Mines community gazebo, located in the park behind the Beaver Mines store.

Many of the people in attendance participated in last winter's protests that temporarily held up logging in the area starting on January 11, 2012 and ended with the arrests of four of the protesters on February 1, 2012.

Various conservation groups were represented, including Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition, Timberwolf, and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS).

They were united in their opposition to logging activity by Spray Lake Sawmills in the area, which began January 2012 and is planned to continue for two more years, plans are on hold while the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan  is being developed.  They are asking for a review of all logging along the eastern slopes.

CPAWS board member David McIntyre  addressed the crowd first with a lengthy cataloguing of concerns, citing among other things ecological impacts to fish and wildlife in the area. University of Calgary Researcher Ann-Lise Norman spoke briefly, as did Gordon Petersen of the Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition Those addresses are well represented on the video accompanying this article.  Members of the Peace Folk Singers led the crowd in a rendition of Joni Mitchell's "River".

Sid Marty read a brief selection from his written works before the crowd gathered their signs and headed to Highway 774, which runs south and west through Beaver Mines and into the Castle Special Area and beyond to Castle Mountain.  Once there they stood in the southbound lane waving signs to raise awareness of their cause.

Related links:
Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition
South Saskatchewan Regional Plan


  1. This current government is great at whitewashing the issues at hand whether it is our natural resources or Medevac support for rural areas. They are both very important to the health and welfare of the environment and the population. We need a balance in everything we do and if that balance is threatened or destroyed then moving forward will be more erratic than it is now. Without a healthy environment and a healthy population how will this society survive into the future? Balance is the key and this government has forgotten how to use that very important key, if they even know what the key looks like in the first place?

  2. Anonymous23/1/13

    Perhaps one day the Alberta Government will get it through their thick skulls that a protected area means exactly that ... protected! Kudos to the people who are standing up to the companies and greedy henchmen who think they have a right to the resources this land offers ... obviously this is not in their back yard.

    1. Anonymous29/1/13

      Will the people of Beaver Mines be so vocal when their houses are leveled by fire, like the ones in Slave Lake and Kelowna ???


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