A controversial plan to log near Star Creek in southwestern Alberta is taking a major step forward, prompting residents to raise concerns about both the stream — home to the threatened westslope cutthroat — and the landscape around it. In mid-October, a harvest plan was developed to log 168 hectares of forest as part of a research project led by the University of Alberta. It’s the second phase of the Southern Rockies Watershed Project, which started in 2004 and lasted 10 years.
A pet-food company is investing $6 million into a new lab in Morinville, and the town’s mayor predicts there’s plenty more investment like that to come. Researchers will create new formulas in the lab and crank out prototypes with the University of Alberta’s new food extruder, which Champion helped fund earlier this year.
U of A dean of ALES Stan Blade is interviewed about the faculty’s future.