City of Fernie to address logging concerns

The Fernie Mayor will personally meet with CanWel executives in response to mounting community concern about clearcutting in the area.

It follows a public forum hosted by conservation group Wildsight in Fernie on February 7, where hundreds of people gathered to discuss private land logging, with one eighth of the Elk Valley in private hands.

Mayor Ange Qualizza has joined forces with Fernie resident Sylvia Ayers, who suggested a stakeholder group at the forum as a way to improve community participation in logging plans.

They have scheduled an initial meeting with CanWel Vice President Jake Blackmore and Chief Forester Steve Williams, which Qualizza hopes will lead to greater trust and understanding between the two parties, and eventually a resolution.

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