04/18/2012 06:23 EDT | Updated 06/18/2012 05:12 EDT

Logging opponent goes to court to block clear-cutting in Alberta foothills

PINCHER CREEK, Alta. - A man who opposes logging in the Castle River recreation area in southwestern Alberta is turning to the courts to try to prevent clear-cutting in the region.

Gordon Petersen of Pincher Creek has asked for a judicial review of the provincial government's decision to allow logging in the foothills near Waterton National Park.

Petersen says the permits were granted without consulting local people and despite scientific recommendations that the region be protected.

Area residents have long opposed plans by Spray Lakes Sawmills to clear cut 81 square kilometres in the Castle area.

Protest camps and picket lines remained for several weeks earlier this year before they were forced to be taken down.