OCTOBER 30, 2003
Fall colours from space
A rare photo from space of the peak fall colours.
SATELLITE IMAGE: Fall colours from space
Upper Yorston River in area to be logged Alex Broadbent
OCTOBER 19, 2003
Bluesucker wilderness logging scaled back, park still at risk
Logging in the Bluesucker wilderness adjoining Solace Park has been reduced by half the area first proposed by the province. The area contains roadless wilderness, virgin forest and old-growth jack pine.
A logging allocation, known as block 60, was eliminated from the east side of the upper Yorston River in the proposed five-year logging plan. Now only the west side of the river near Mudchannel and Bluesucker lakes, along the southern boundary of Solace Park, will be logged. It is designated block 108.
The plan is nearing completion and MNR expects to have it in place by March, 2004, if there is no strong public opposition.
The park is remote and has no road access, however, a near complete failure by government to control access on unused logging roads just about guarantees the park will lose its remoteness after logging.
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OCTOBER 18, 2003
White pine threatened in northern Temagami
After two logging moratoriums on threatened white pine in northern Temagami, the MNR has decided to lift the ban. The moratoriums, in place since 1995, were intended to allow study of the impacts of logging white pine in the Timiskaming Forest Management Unit and learn how to regenerate it after logging.
White pine in that area is particularly vulnerable because it is at the northern edge of its range and logging companies practice clear-cutting, which is devastating to white pine regeneration. Northwatch says the MNR did not do the research, so the government can't justify removal of the moratorium, nor has it presented any evidence that the pine can even be managed. Brennain Lloyd, the head of Northwatch, is the former chair of Ontario’s Old Growth Forests Policy Advisory Committee.
Comments can be e-mailed to Bill Van Schip at MNR in Kirkland Lake at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 23.
MAP: Timiskaming Forest
OCTOBER 11, 2003
18 running for 7 municipal seats
With two candidates running for mayor and 16 running for the six council seats, Temagami's municipal election is off and running.
Among those seeking election to council are hiking-trail maven Les Wilcox of Nastawgan Trails, canoe builder John Kilbridge of Temagami Canoe Company and White Bear Forest pioneer Doug Adams of Northland Paradise Lodge.
OCTOBER 7, 2003
OCTOBER 1, 2003
Logging roads push into Muskego Wildlands
Logging-road construction (red broken line on map) has reached the portages between Eagle and Anima Nipissing lakes near Shallow Lake in the Muskego Wildlands. The roads will allow clear-cutting this winter north of Eagle Lake and south of Shallow Lake.
The proposed logging plan for 2004 to 2009, now out for public comment, includes the extension of the Eagle Lake Road up the middle of the Muskego Wildlands (brown line).
Hill being excavated for Eagle Lake Road construction.
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