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Photo: Loading canoes at the Wolf Lake campsite

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Loading canoes at the Wolf Lake campsite, left to right: Josh Kohler, Sean McMurray, Jean Leishman, Mike McIntosh. 

BACKGROUND:  Wolf Lake's old-growth red pine

RELATED STORY:  Gathering at Wolf Lake

  EXTERNAL LINK:  Friends of Chiniguchi

 

Next gathering: August 24-26

Contact: Mike McIntosh (Friends of Chiniguchi) 

JULY 23, 2007

Wolf Lake old growth defence launched

Thirty people gathered at Wolf Lake and plotted a strategy to protect the world's largest remaining old-growth red pine forest.

The ancient forest has been set aside for inclusion in Chiniguchi River Park, but MNR, under pressure from the mining industry, wants to release it for unrestricted mining.

The ministry's timing remains uncertain. "The issue keeps appearing on the future agenda for the Sudbury Forest's local citizens' committee," says Mike McIntosh of Friends of Chiniguchi, "but I don't know how much longer it won't be a future item."

Friends of Chiniguchi organized the open event, July 13 to 15, and participants paddled in and camped. 

Representatives were also there from Friends of Temagami, Wilderness Canoe Association, Earthroots, and Kukagami Lake Environment Watch.

Immediately after the weekend, work began on information boxes to be erected at portages to the north and south of the area to raise awareness of the threat.

Another public gathering is planned for August 24 to 26.

 

JULY 18, 2007

Storm damage cautions a year later

Few shorelines are not marked by year-old blowdowns with their brown needles still hanging on.

On July 17, 2006, a storm, marked by 120-kilometre-per-hour winds, started near Manitoulin Island and swept into Quebec. Electricity went out and many portages became the resting ground of giant pines.

Much of the damage may have been caused by mini-tornadoes or microbursts.

Like giant gravestones, the downed trees remind us not to underestimate those approaching storm clouds.

JULY 17, 2007

Blue for berries

Your blueberry fix will have to wait until next year. There is not a blueberry to be found. And you can't blame the bears.

An overnight frost on June 5 and 6 did the dirty deed. Whole landscapes, normally covered in the blue bells by now, are empty of any berry, of any colour.

JULY 14, 2007

Wet and high brings slugfest

The forest is wet and the water is high. Over the past month, virtually every day has had at least some rain, and few days have been all clear and sunny. The highest has been 26 C.

To date, not a perfect cottager's nor canoeist's summer, but not a bad one either.

The slug encounters are catching up to the mosquitoes.

Photo: Teme-Augama Kweweg drummers in Temagami

The Teme-Augama Kweweg drummers perform at the opening.  PHOTO: BRIAN BACK

 

JULY 3, 2007

Egwuna exhibit opens

A unique art exhibit, The Angele Project: Grey Owl and His Descendants, held its official opening at the restored Temagami Station on Sunday.

Famed Depression-era author, conservationist, Indian-rights supporter, and Ojibway imposter, Grey Owl arrived in Temagami a hundred years ago. Then still known as Archie Belaney, he stayed until 1911, married Temagami First Nation member Angele Egwuna (Onh-ghel AY-goo-nhu) and fathered two children.

The production, open daily until October 15, is a partnership between the W.K.P. Kennedy Public Art Gallery of North Bay and the Temagami Community Foundation.

Contact: Temagami Community Foundation

              Lori Hunter temafound@onlink.net 

                    705-569-3737

       WEBSITE: Temagami Egwuna Project 

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