Letter to Ontario on proposed logging
Gig appeal to you: The Gig made its views known to government in the following letter. It asks all alumni to help by writing to the same address, expressing opposition to new logging and roads. This is about the future of the Keewaydin and Temagami we know and love.
In particular, bolded points 1, 2 and 7 should be mentioned. It is important to give your reasons in order for the letter to have impact, particularly mentioning:
A) support for wilderness integrity
B) opposition to more access.
DO NOT COPY THIS LETTER. Anything appearing to be a form letter is virtually ignored. As such don't mention affiliation to any organization but write as a concerned individual. Use your own words.
Encourage others. Volume of letters carry weight.
Provide your name and address.
August 15, 2003
Ministry of Natural Resources
3301 Trout Lake Rd.
North Bay, ON
We are writing to you as representatives of the Gigitowin of Keewaydin, a landmark organization on Lake Temagami. Keewaydin is a canoe-tripping youth camp, which has been operating out of Lake Temagami for 100 years. The Gigitowin is an internal service organization dedicated to the preservation of the Keewaydin tradition of wilderness canoe tripping and the preservation of our local environment.
Our concern is the proposed logging of blocks 60-63 and the subsequent opening or re-opening of logging in those areas, as access cannot be controlled without provincial-park status. We perennially run trips through all areas of the proposed logging, with established portage trails and campsites located in each block. We have additional concerns regarding logging:
Enclosed is a copy of established portage trails, campsites, and canoe routes that intersect with the proposed logging plan. We realize that prevention of all the logging is impossible. However, we hope our knowledge of the area can affect the final placement of logging roads and cuts. We hope that all established canoe routes will be spared and their integrity preserved. In addition, we are concerned about the increased access that roads will bring to the area.
The Gigitowin of Keewaydin
* Temagami Management Unit Independent Forest Audit, April 30, 2002.
Audit reveals uncontrolled
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