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by Marlene Harris

Winter 2002   —   Temagami Again in Trouble

As reported by Wildcanada.net the Temagami wilderness is again being threatened by clear cut logging. The site of civil protests and a national education program in the l980s and the 1990s, the Temagami region in north–east Ontario is home to 400 year old red and white pines, black bears and wolves.

The clear cuts will affect ecotourism, destroy the habitat and impact the health of old growth forests in the area.

After 200 years of logging, only one percent of the old–growth red and white pine that once dominated thousands of square miles of eastern North America remains. The pristine forests once stood from Manitoba to the Atlantic, and throughout the northeastern USA. These ancient pines, along with jack pine, birch and spruce form the wilderness known as the Temagami.

Located about 5 hours north of Toronto, the Temagami is a key region for ecotourism. Over 100 bird species depend on the forests for their survival. The region is rugged, with a landscape of rocky shores, waterfalls and a vast ancient network of travel portages and lake routes.

Logging and road construction may start as early as April 1st, 2002 and work plans are being finalized now.

Wildcanada.net suggests that those opposed to the plan contact:

David Payne
Ministry of Natural Resources District Manager
3301 Trout Lake Road
North Bay, Ontario
P1A 4L7

Fax: 705–475–5500
Email: dave.payne@mnr.gov.on.ca
Tel: 705–475–5599

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