Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press
Posted Friday, November 30, 2018 4:32 AM EST
CALGARY – A judge today condemns a famous Alberta ski resort to cut threatened trees five years ago.
The Lake Louise complex of Banff National Park pleaded guilty last December to overthrow a booth of trees, including a white pine, along a skiing trail in 2013.
The appeal will be sentenced to a courtroom in Calgary with two charges, one to the law of risk of species and the other to the National Parks Law of Canada.
You have removed a total of 132 trees, but you have discussed the actual amount of white pine in danger of extinction. The crown originally said they were retired 39, but the defense said the number was much lower.
The maximum fine under the Species Risk Law for each destroyed tree is $ 300,000, while the maximum per tree is 250,000 US dollars under the National Parks Law.
"We are relieved when it finally ends," said Dan Markham, communications director at Lake Louise Ski Resort.
"Lake Louise is very keen to move on and start the remedial plan that we have been working in collaboration with Parks Canada."
The long white pine with five needles is native to high elevations and is threatened by invasive disease, fire and climate change. It is considered crucial since it provides food and habitat for animals and helps stabilize subalpine earrings.
The tree exists at high elevations in the Northwest of the North on the edge of the tree. It has grown in the continent for 100,000 years and can grow between 500 and 1,000 years.
An agreed statement of events says that a trained crew, consisting of six employees, including a supervisor, began maintenance during the summer of 2013 at Ptarmigan Ridge at the ski resort. The work consisted of cleaning, repairing and lifting tanks, cutting and removing some trees.
The document says that at the end of September this year, workers cut several trees, including the endangered white pine, without permission.
The statement of events says that it was not until August 12, 2014 that Parks Canada and the location personnel who were evaluating the site for a new hiking route discovered that the trees in danger of # 39 ; extinction had been cut.
DNA analysis confirms that the trees were white pine. The question was handed over to Parks Canada for an investigation and charges were made.
The judicial document says Lake Louise was cooperative during the investigation and has taken steps to avoid similar events. He says the resort has also spent money on initiatives related to white pine, including extensive maps of this tree in the area.