Completion of construction of the last bridge by MNR staff in 1978. Builders, left to right, back row: Steve and John Kilbridge. Front row: Hap and Trudy Wilson.
NOVEMBER 24, 2003
Centre Falls portage bridge removed
The well-known bridge on the trail around Centre Falls on the Lady Evelyn River was removed by park staff in September over safety concerns.
"The posts, main beams and some of the deck was rotten and most of the deck was very slippery," said park superintendent John Salo. "We decided to knock the structure down in order to avoid any possible injuries."
Canoeists must now use the trail that predated the bridge, which crossed a small ravine, and shortened the climb up a steep section.
The bridge location is in Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Wilderness Park and a bridge has been on the site since at least 1947. There are no plans to rebuild. Salo said that a bridge is not in keeping with the natural environment of the backcountry.
He also cited the construction and maintenance costs of remote structures. The park currently does not charge user fees and has an extremely limited budget for its size.
NOVEMBER 17, 2003
Late winter, little snow predicted
Alex Mathias is not surprised at the unseasonably warm weather. The beaver predicted it. Mathias has found that when the beaver bring in their winter food late, then winter is late coming. That's what he is seeing this year.
"When the beaver put lots of mud on their lodges, there won't be much snow over winter," he said. This, too, he is seeing.
First snowfall seen from space
Snow is visible on the ground after the November 8 snowfall.
SATELLITE IMAGE: First snowfall
NOVEMBER 10, 2003
Adair re-elected mayor
Unofficial results from today's municipal election in Temagami, provided by The Talker, Temagami's monthly newspaper.
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Blueberry Lake trail to be logged. MICHAEL HENRY
NOVEMBER 7, 2003
Blueberry Lake trail may get axed
One of Temagami's most popular old-growth hiking trail networks may get cropped by logging this winter. The section of the trails, which are east of Cassels Lake, to be logged is known as the Charcoal Trail.
It is the site of a rare, pine-forest, surface fire. Ecologists at a forest research institute want to preserve the 1996 fire location.
These type of fires were once common until fire fighting largely eliminated them. "This may be the only walking trail in Ontario that shows a recent surface fire in a pine forest," says Michael Henry of Ancient Forest Exploration and Research.
In these type of fires the ground is burned while the mature trees are left intact. This leaves soil exposed for healthy pine regeneration.
The Blueberry Lake trails are a short paddle from the town of Temagami and meander through a mix of old-growth red and white pine, and less common old-growth white cedar.
The researchers have requested that one and a half hectares of the planned logging be preserved. Henry is asking the public to call on MNR to preserve the entire Blueberry trail network.
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