Harvesting timber is a major part of Canadian history; Great Britain maintained British North America as a colony for so long because, among other things, the forests provided straight tree trunks that were excellent for ship masts.
Today, lumber remains a major export, with Canada’s 347 million hectares of forest area making it the third-largest in the world (Russia and Brazil are first and second, respectively).
Though admittedly less grandiose than national export figures, the MD of Pincher Creek will profit from a bit of local timber harvesting after an agreement was approved at the July 13 council meeting.
LB Logging has been hired by an MD resident to harvest portions of four quarter-sections near Carbondale Road. As the MD has two undeveloped road allowances cutting through the plots, the company approached administration requesting permission to harvest the trees within the MD road allowance.
The area of harvesting that would occur on the road allowances is just under 1.5 hectares, with 230 cubic metres of lumber per hectare being harvested. At a price of $42 per cubic metre, LB Logging offered the MD $14,000.
Council approved the agreement, something that Coun. Terry Yagos said just made sense.
“One reason I really support it is that’s a really mature group of timber there, and it’s a good fire break to protect a lot of our land to the east of the road allowance,” he said.
The total area that will be harvested by LB Logging is 43.6 hectares, or about 10,000 cubic metres of wood. It’s expected to take about 200 truckloads to completely harvest the area.
With that amount of traffic, Coun. Bev Everts asked administration to make sure the company would be aware of cattle that might be in the area during its operations.
“Certain times of year there are a lot of cattle moving in and out of there with all these leases that are up there,” she said. “It’d be helpful for the logging trucks to be aware.”
Administration said they would speak to LB Logging about potential herd movement, though it’s anticipated the harvesting will be done before the cattle need to access the leased area. Logging began July 7 and is expected to be finished within two months.
Sean Oliver, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Shootin' the Breeze