CALGARI – The world-renowned ski resort of Alberta is appealing a $ 2.1 million fine that it received for cutting down endangered trees five years ago.
Lake Louise ski resort in December last year pleaded guilty to remove trees, including 38 endangered pine forests, along the ski slope of 2013.
The fine imposed last month for charges under the Law on Types of Exposed Risk and the Law on Canadian National Parks is about $ 55,000 per tree.
"The punishment is grossly disproportionate and obviously inappropriate due to … the real facts and background of the crime," writes Defense attorney Alain Hepner in a petition notice on Friday.
The court will be required to either keep the charges or reduce the sentence to $ 200,000.
The agreed statement of facts states that in 2013, the crew consisted of six employees, including supervisors, began cleaning, fencing and removal and removal of some trees on the Ptarmigan ridge on the ski resort.
The document states that at the end of September those workers reduced the number of trees, including the endangered white pine, without a permit.
Judge Heather Lamoureuk ruled on November 30 that there was a "cumulative effect" on pine boron pine with "the potential risk of undermining the survival of the species in the coming decades."
The penalty is grossly disproportionate and apparently incapable of giving … the real facts and background of the crime
She noted that the trees were cut in a national park, the resort failed to ensure that its employees knew that the pine-white was threatened and that the trees that were destroyed were healthy.
The five-pointed white pine provides food and habitat for animals, as well as stabilizes the steep slopes of the subsidence walls.
Wood exists at high altitudes in western North America at, or near that forest. They grow on the continent for 100,000 years and can grow between 500 and 1,000 years.
However, Hepner said that the judge did not take into account the restoration efforts taken by the resort after trees fell or "the lack of impacts of the loss of 38 pine trees for the population".
With 200 million pine trees in Canada, Hepner said the judge's judge was wrong in uncovering the loss of 38 trees that hit the species as a whole.
A spokesman for the ski resort says steps have been taken to ensure that other pine ivory trees are not harvested. The staff is better educated and now 7,000 pine pines in the resort are marked.
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