EDMONTON — Alberta has released a new forest management plan for the southwest to help reduce wildfires and the spread of mountain pine beetles.
The plan calls for cutting more of the older timber that dominates the Crowsnest Pass region.
Sustainable Resource Development Minister Mel Knight says the new plan updates policies that were put in place in 1986.
It includes protecting water resources and decommissioning old resource roads — a move that is designed to help grizzly bear numbers recover.
The area runs from the northern boundary of Waterton Lakes National Park to Pekisko Creek in southern Kananaskis Country.