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FULL TEXT: MNR'S PUBLIC EMAIL
RE: Wakimika Triangle logging
To: [email removed by editor]
Tel: (705) 474-5550
Fax: (705) 474-5500
Thank you for your recent correspondence regarding timber harvesting in the Temagami Crown Forest Unit. Your comments indicate that you may have been provided with information and claims that are unsubstantiated and/or in error.
forest stands in blocks 29, 30 and 46 scheduled for harvest in the 2002-03
Annual Work Schedule were approved in the 1999-2019 Temagami
Harvesting was planned in these blocks because, due to the fire suppression strategies of the previous 50 years, there is a need to substitute the forest replacement aspect of fire with harvesting activities. This continues the cycle and natural succession of a forest stand through removal, regeneration, growth and maturity and ensures that white pine will continue to be present on the landscape in the absence of fire. It is Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) policy that all harvested stands are renewed in a timely fashion and that the long-term sustainability of our forests are maintained or enhanced.
are not aware of any evidence to support the claim that only 1% of the
existing old growth red and white pine remains in
There are no old growth white or red pine stands scheduled for harvest in blocks 29, 30 or 46. However, one of the objectives in the FMP is to increase the area of red and white pine forest in the management unit. Blocks 29 and 30 have been identified as prime candidates for white and red pine renewal, as evidence suggests it supported greater levels of white and red pine in the past.
the implementation of the TLUP in 1997, the "protected area
strategy" was completed. Old
growth pine protected in
Pine marten and pileated woodpecker are not threatened in Temagami. The unprecedented levels of mature and old growth forest protected in parks, conservation reserves, skyline reserves and areas of concern have ensured that their populations will thrive. Furthermore, these harvest areas will create new areas of mature and over-mature habitat for these species in the future.
blocks (29, 30, 46) are in Special Management Area #43 and Integrated
Management Area #47 of the TLUP.
The clearcut silvicultural system is not environmentally destructive, as the tree species planned for harvest in these blocks require large disturbances to regenerate, and have adapted to such for millennia. Implementation of this harvest system also requires retention of large areas of no-cut peninsular and interior patch reserves and individual trees for wildlife, viewscape protection, biodiversity and natural forest structure. In addition, all age classes of white and black spruce and jack pine present in the block will be represented in the reserves. Timing restrictions and restrictions on operating areas are in place to protect the tourism and remote recreation values.
planned access to harvest blocks 30 and 46 are along the Red Squirrel Road
(not the Red Squirrel Road Extension) and the
the TLUP policies for conservation reserves do not explicitly deal with
the construction or upgrade of roads, public motorized access is generally
not permitted within conservation reserves within the TLUP area. Where the
TLUP is silent, policies from
TLUP is available for viewing and downloading at the following internet
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