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NOVEMBER 26, 2007                                         REVISED: NOVEMBER 30

Temagami on YouTube

There is a growing list of Temagami videos on YouTube, covering a wide assortment of subjects. Go to and search under Temagami.

My favourite is The Howling, which caught a solitary wolf in a few heart-stopping moments on Anvil Lake near Maple Mountain in 2006. Right out of the brochure.

Shortly before the video was taken, Frank Wolf and his partner, saw a cow and calf chased into the water by a pack of wolves. They paddled over to the tip of the east peninsula at the narrows to the north basin of Anvil. The moose stayed in the shallows despite the human presence.

About 50 yards down the shore, they spotted five wolves. A large alpha lay on a sand beach until they were within 30 feet of it, then it "darted into the woods with a growl. Huge, huge wolf, twice the size of the grays [the other wolves], golden in colour and stood about the height of my chest."

The howling began and he shot the video.

NOVEMBER 13, 2007

Protection groups merge into Friends of Temagami

Three groups merged into Friends of Temagami, consolidating their resources and their voices to protect the Temagami backcountry.

Friends of Chiniguchi and the Temagami programs of Nastawgan Network joined with Friends of Temagami (FOT), an incorporated nonprofit, during a weekend meeting at Smoothwater Outfitters.

Leaders of the merged groups were added to the board of directors. FOT, founded in 1995, is the oldest of the groups. A restructured Nastawgan Network will continue as a website dedicated to canoe-route protection across Ontario.

Representatives at the meeting included local lodges and outfitters, Temagami Nishnabai, canoeists, Wilderness Canoe Association, Earthroots, and Northwatch. 

"We are a diverse group that will build on our FOT's past successes in protection of wilderness values, education and work on the ground," said President Alex Broadbent.

There will be a membership drive soon.

  RELATED STORY: Groups begin pooling resources

                             Conservation groups mull merger

EXTERNAL LINK:  Friends of Temagami

NOVEMBER 12, 2007

More trail vandalism

Trail markers along a 200-metre stretch of the Ottawa-Temiskaming Highland Trail south of Friday Lake have been removed from trees.

"This seems like a waste of time on the part of the culprit as it leaves a scraped blaze," Les Wilcox of Nastawgan Trails wrote in an e-mail. "The vandal also forgot to remove the flag tape?"

An amphibious Argo has been using a section at the beginning of the Owain Creek Trail.

Nastawgan Trails reported the vandalism to the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Signs were damaged last month at two trail access points.

  RELATED STORY: Trail signs vandalized

NOVEMBER 1, 2007

Nastawgan Trails annual meeting November 24

Nastawgan Trails, steward of Temagami's hiking trails, will hold its annual general meeting at Temagami Shores in Temagami.

For more information contact Les Wilcox at

EXTERNAL LINK:  Nastawgan Trails

NOVEMBER 1, 2007

Friends of Temagami annual meeting November 10

Friends of Temagami (FOT), the local environment group, will hold its annual general meeting at Smoothwater Outfitters in Temagami on Saturday, November 10.

More information can be found on FOT's website.

EXTERNAL LINK:  Friends of Temagami


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