Alberta has approved logging in Bragg Creek in hopes of protecting the community from the kind of wildfires that destroyed much of Slave Lake.

The approved plan will create firebreaks on forested Crown land, said Environment Minister Diana McQueen.

Bragg Creek is a rural community west of Calgary. Some area residents have voiced concern during public meetings that the plan will change the landscape and ruin recreation trails.

But McQueen says buffers of trees will separate hiking trails from the areas that will be logged.

The province plans to log roughly 568 hectares, or 1,400 acres, of trees in the Bragg Creek area west of Calgary. Provincial officials say the logging will prevent a disaster similar to the one in Slave Lake in 2011.