When it comes to cutting ski runs, trees are usually the first to go. That said, resorts are still responsible for marking and avoiding certain “endangered” trees like White Bark Pine. According to court documents, Lake Louise may have failed to put those trademark dayglo ribbons on a few ecologically priceless trees.
As of today, Lake Louise stands accused of cutting down the endangered trees back in 2014 while clearing a ridge near the Grizzly Express Gondola reports CBC News. Parks Canada stated that nearly 39 White Bark Pines were located in the area where the clearing occurred. Whitebark Pine is ecologically crucial. The tree can grow on steeper slopes than its relatives thus preventing erosion while also providing shelter and sustenance for many native species of animals.
Initially, Lake Louise pleaded not guilty to the charge, stating that the court proceedings had gone well beyond the normal amount of time allotted for such cases. However, a judge decided against their request for a stay and has since set a court date for December 4th.
Find the entire CBC News article here: Lake Louise Ski Resort faces trial next month on charge of cutting endangered trees