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Study: Wolf Lake Ancient Forest is Endangered Ecosystem


New research from the University of Guelph, published Tuesday in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation, says that allowing industrial extraction in a northern Ontario old-growth red pine forest – the largest remaining in the world – would significantly threaten biodiversity in Canada.

The study says that Wolf Lake Forest Reserve is a “scientifically irreplaceable system.”


Scientists find 210 species at Wolf Lake


recommend moratorium on further industrial disturbance

Sudbury - A team of scientists released a new report today on the findings of an intensive species count conducted last year at Wolf Lake.  210 species were identified including two bird species "At Risk" (special concern) the Canada Warbler and Common Nighthawk.  The report finds that the Wolf Lake old-growth forest is a unique and rich natural laboratory with the potential to provide the answers to many scientific questions relating to the ecology and conservation of endangered forested landscapes.  It warns that planned industrial activity puts this value at risk.

Download the report here.


Ontario Government Abandons Endangered Species

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - David Suzuki Foundation, Earthroots, Ontario Nature, Sierra Club of Canada

Environmentalists decry Cabinet decision to gut law protecting imperilled wildlife

Toronto, May 31, 2013 – The provincial Cabinet announced today its approval of sweeping exemptions for industry under the Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA).  Environmental organizations are incensed at the government’s abdication of its responsibility to protect and recover Ontario’s endangered plants and animals.

“This is the first major test of the new Cabinet’s commitment to the environment, and they have failed,” says Dr. Anne Bell, director of conservation and education at Ontario Nature. “They have turned their backs on the province’s most imperilled wildlife, and at a time when the federal government is poised to do the same.”


Ontario's forests still at risk


Some of the world’s largest clearcuts still planned in the province

Toronto - Despite announcements made today, the devastation of Ontario’s forests continues largely unabated.  Giant clearcuts, which level forested areas as large as pre-megacity Toronto (10,000 ha), still make up 94% of the area logged each year in Ontario.  Canada’s logging industry employs only 2/3 of the workers per tree cut that Sweden employs, and Ontario has still not respected the human right of Indigenous peoples to say “no” to logging on their traditional lands.

“Ontarians should not rest easily about the health of our forests,” said David Sone of Earthroots.  “Our forests are still being decimated by the same cut-and-run logging industry giants who leave a trail of laid off workers, violated Indigenous land  rights, and ecologically barren clearcuts before moving on to new jurisdictions with weaker environmental and human rights standards.”


Media Release: Building Resilience Through Accountability

For immediate release: Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Today at Queen's Park, Ontario's Environmental Commissioner (ECO) released his annual 2008-2009 report, "Building Resilience." The report is a critical assessment of the Provincial Government's management of our natural resources, highlighting shortcomings for a diverse spectrum of environmental policy issues.  As Ontario's outspoken, non-partisan environmental watchdog, Gord Miller makes a series of urgent suggestions regarding the provincial government's management of our aggregate resources, biofibre, and the overall response to the biodiversity crisis currently unfolding in our province.

The Report delineates the mass extinction taking place on a global level, and highlights Ontario as an example of a biologically rich and vast region at a crossroads.  The initial momentum of Ontairo's Biodiversity Strategy, introduced nearly five years ago has quickly died down as "serious shortcomings of the strategy have gone largely unaddressed."  The Commissioner also underlined the Environmental Communities' frustration with the ambiguity of the Strategy by highlighting that it does not outline respective responsibilities of Ontario's ministries, or set out timelines to accomplish measurable targets.  "Ontario has more species at risk than any other province," notes former Biodiversity Council member and Earthroots campaigner Josh Garfinkel.  "We are at a critical juncture where our provincial government can become leaders in conservation, but they must first revise the Biodiversity Strategy."


Toronto’s Leslie Street Spit: Cormorant Refuge in the midst of an international slaughter

by Ainslie Willock, Cormorant Defenders International (CDI)

Over a period of five years, more than 171,000 cormorants have been killed and far too many have been wounded in a North American-wide government sanctioned massive and cruel cull.

Tommy Thompson Park, simply known as the “The Spit” to Torontonians, is the home of the largest colony of double-crested cormorants on the Great Lakes.  The Toronto Regional Conservation Authority (TRCA), who manages the Spit, has chosen a responsible and thoughtful approach to managing the colony.  Their 2009 management goal is to "achieve a balance between the continued existence of a healthy, thriving cormorant colony and the other ecological, educational, scientific and recreational values of Tommy Thompson Park". 



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Our Volunteers

Featured Volunteer

Josephine Lau    

How long have you been volunteering at Earthroots?
I have been volunteering with Earthroots since 2009.

What have you done with Earthroots?
I have been involved with the Southern Ontario campaign.  Mainly, I attempt to contact the Planning Departments of various municipalities to obtain information and documents concerning the Oak Ridges Moraine, the Greenbelt, and the Niagara Escarpment.

What are your favourite pastimes?
I enjoy reading and eating.  

What is your favourite food?
Desserts and sweets… yum!

What is your most memorable volunteer experience?
I would have to say being on hold for half an hour then being passed off to someone else… only to be on hold once again.  I also enjoyed the learning experience that volunteering here at Earthroots has offered me.


Volunteer Profile

Seema Chandroga

How long have you been volunteering at Earthroots?
I have been volunteering at Earthroots since 2008.

What have you done with Earthroots?
I have helped out with various office duties such as data entry, research, mailings, filing and photocopying, etc.  I have also assisted with various special events and fundraisers.

What are your favourite pastimes?
Some of my favourite pastimes include volunteering and reading.

What is your favourite food?
I do like candy...

What is your most memorable volunteer experience?
There isn't really one - I enjoy coming into the office to help out with various tasks and I also enjoy helping out at fundraisers and special events - can't wait for the next one!


Volunteer Profile

Linda Marie Bird, DOB - September 7th,1949.

How long have you been volunteering at Earthroots?
Just over three years!

What have you done with Earthroots?
I have done data-entry, Wilderness Defenders email list maintenance, and my favourite – folding action alerts and stuffing envelopes for the weekly mailing!

What are your favourite pastimes?
I love to walk - especially by a lake or the ocean, and just sit and watch the water.  I believe this is the most calming and settling thing anybody can do.  I also love doing crafts (card-making), dancing, listening to music, watching old movies and painting.

What is your favourite food?
I like most foods but don't feed me any kind of peppers or coconut!  My very favourite foods are fish, seafood and veggies - especially the green ones.  When I eat out I love to go to a nice English pub, but if I am feeling adventurous I go for Japanese or Vietnamese.

What is your most memorable volunteer experience?
This is less of a one-time memorable experience, but the people involved in Earthroots’ volunteer program and their immense dedication to their beliefs and what the organization is all about – that’s the experience I enjoy the most when volunteering here.  Every time I come to Earthroots it’s like coming to visit a relative from out of town.



Volunteering at Earthroots

canoes.jpg (25365 bytes)Earthroots is a small effective organization that operates on a relatively small budget. We could not achieve our goals without the support we receive from volunteers. There is often more work to do than we can get done on our own!

Earthroots welcomes volunteers in a number of different capacities:

  • Community outreach,

  • Distributing Earthroots information materials at events and among friends,

  • General office help,

  • Participating in demonstrations and peaceful civil disobedience protests,

  • Campaign research and support.

The success of the Temagami blockades and all of our activist work would have never been possible without the hundreds of volunteers who provided technical, moral and financial support. Organizing demonstrations, providing transportation, tabling at community events and helping send out newsletters and tax receipts to our members are only a few ways in which we benefit from the dedication of many individuals.

Join the Wilderness Defenders!

Please fill out the form to the right to add your name to our contact list for volunteer opportunities with Earthroots.


Wilderness Defenders


The Wilderness Defenders email list is the best way for you to keep informed about updates on Earthroots campaigns. The email list is an announcement-only list, thus you will not be flooded with emails daily - you will generally receive 1-2 emails a month. ferguson.jpg (24315 bytes)

The Wilderness Defenders email list is one way that you can become involved in campaign activities. Postings of volunteer meetings, calls for activists to spread the word about the project and host events in their area as well as postings of the latest Earthroots action alerts and press releases will go through this list. Hear the news first! And then pass it on to other friends, family or work acquaintances on email.

Get involved with Earthroots by becoming a Wilderness Defender!

You can unsubscribe any time and your email address will not be traded or exchanged with other groups.


Request Materials


Stay Informed - Educate Yourself 


Local community action is essential to achieving wilderness and wildlife protection in Ontario. Community coordinators are needed to distribute information about Earthroots’ campaigns, organize media events and local letter-writing campaigns, and educate neighbours and friends about the threats to Ontario wildlife and wild spaces.

Earthroots needs your help! We can provide factsheets, postcards, action alerts, sample ‘letters to the editor’ and advice that you can use to mobilize your community.

These materials can be distributed to:

    * Schools – high schools, colleges, universities
    * Chambers of Commerce
    * Volunteer groups such as Lion’s Clubs, Rotary Clubs, reading groups, Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), wildlife clubs, outdoors clubs etc.!
    * Friends, family, neighbours
    * Libraries
    * Other environmental groups
    * City councilors, provincial, and federal members of parliament (MPPs and MPs)
    * Eco-Tourism centers
    * Any other interested group or individual!

Fill in the form to your right to be contacted. Indicate which campaigns you would be interested in knowing more about. Please understand that sending out materials costs us a lot in postage and staff time so please use materials wisely! Thank you for helping us protect the wildlife and wilderness of Ontario!

About Us

Earthroots is a grassroots conservation organization dedicated to the preservation of wilderness, wildlife and watersheds in Canada, with a focus on Ontario.

We have been on the front lines of wilderness conservation since 1986, when our predecessor organization, the Temagami Wilderness Society (TWS) was formed. The TWS was created to fight for the preservation of rare old growth white and red pine forests in the Temagami region of northern Ontario. After campaign success in the Temagami region, the organization changed its name to Earthroots in 1991, in order to broaden the organization’s campaign focus beyond the Temagami issue.

Earthroots consists of two separate organizations: Earthroots Fund, a charitable organization (registration #135165140 RR0001) that engages in public education and research, and Earthroots Coalition, a non-profit organization that engages in advocacy and action. Earthroots' campaigns focus on achieving meaningful protection for Ontario's threatened wilderness areas and wildlife species. Earthroots acts on behalf of 12,000 supporters across the country.

Earthroots is a strong advocate and agitator for wilderness preservation in Ontario, combining grassroots campaign strategies with effective research and educational programs. Since 1986, Earthroots has used its grassroots expertise to organize, educate and mobilize the public, conduct successful media events, carry out wilderness research projects and ensure proper forest management planning.

We empower thousands of Canadians each year to advocate for better environmental protection and achieve conservation victories!



Left to right: Dave Vasey, Teresita Tanjanlangit, Josh Garfinkel, Hannah Barron, Tyler MacDougall, Amber Ellis. Absent: David Sone


Hannah Barron
Director, Wildlife Conservation Campaigns

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Amber Ellis
Executive Director

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Josh Garfinkel
Director, Southern Ontario Campaigns

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Tyler MacDougall
Canvass Director 

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David Sone
Director, Northern Ontario Campaigns

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Teresita Tajanlangit
Volunteer Coordinator / Administrative Assistant

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Dave Vasey
Outreach Canvasser


Board of Directors


Gord Miller, Chair
Former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario / Consulting Ecologist

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Andrea Wilson, Vice-Chair
Ethics Professional / Eco-tourism Entrepreneur


John Willms, Secretary / Treasurer
Former Environmental Law Specialist / Willms Institutional Strengthening 


Ellen Greenwood
Greenwood and Associates


Marjan Lahuis
Ontario Environment Industry Association / Consulate General of the Netherlands


David Oved
Environmental Consultant


Hap Wilson
Earthroots Co-founder / Author / Trails and Tourism Consultant


Special thanks to

Clayton Ruby
Lawyer, Ruby & Shiller

for 20 years of dedicated service to Earthroots!


Council of Patrons

Robert Bateman - Wildlife Artist / Author

Dr. Robert McGhee - Curator of Archaeology, Canadian Museum of Nature

Farley Mowat - Author / Wildlife Advocate (RIP Farley - 1921 - 2014)

Les Stroud - "Survivorman", TV Personality and Survival Expert


Advisory Board


John Ellis
Privacy Officer

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Steve Abrams - Co-founder, Mill Street Brewery

Andrew Athanasiu - Senior Policy Advisor to Councillor Josh Matlow, Toronto City Hall

Carly Armstrong - Former Forest Campaigner, Earthroots / Communications Specialist

Audrey Bankley - Former Outreach Coordinator / Event Planner, Earthroots

Lesli Bisgould - Animal Rights Lawyer

Jean Buie - Lawyer

Mark Calzavara - Community Organizer 

Kim Cowan - Economic Development Officer, Temagami First Nation 

Evan Ferrari - Program Manager, Community Energy Partnerships Program 

Brigitte Hebert - Communications Specialist

Abbey Huggan - Artist / Urban Agriculturalist / Community Educator 

Mark Kear - Former Temagami Campaigner, Earthroots

Peter Kelly - Cliff Ecology Research Group

Josh Kohler - Former Southern Ontario Campaigner, Earthroots / Urban Planner

Elizabeth May - Leader, Green Party of Canada

Barry Kent MacKay - Naturalist / Writer / Artist

Melissa Matlow - Campaigner, World Animal Protection Canada

Doug McRae - Naturalist / Writer / Guide

Bob Olajos - Director, Friends of Temagami

Blaine Pearson - Partner, Dot Dot Dash

Dr. Peter Quinby - Ancient Forest Exploration & Research

Wayne RobertsFormer Project Coordinator, Toronto Food Policy Council / Author

Lesley Sampson - Founding Executive Director, Coyote Watch Canada

Phil Saunders - Communications Specialist

Dr. John Theberge & Mary Theberge - Wolf Researchers

Nicole Thouard - Director of Development, Wildlands League

Jason Van Bruggen - Director / Photographer / Partner, Dot Dot Dash

Phil WintersBusiness Development Manager, Renewable Energy, Canada at Eaton



Financial Supporters


Donations from the public are essential to the success of Earthroots' campaigns to protect wilderness, wildlife and watersheds in Ontario - we are very grateful for the ongoing financial support from our members.  Our donors, volunteers and dedicated staff make our important work possible!


We would also like to thank the following foundations and granting programs for their generous support of our projects:




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Global Greengrants Fund



 Impact Fund


Max & Anna Levinson Foundation


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Join Earthroots

Join us in protecting wilderness, wildlife and watersheds in Ontario! Earthroots' work is primarily funded by private donations - for our important campaigns to continue, we need financial support from caring wilderness defenders just like you.

Your donation goes directly towards funding our campaigns and because we are lean organization, we make every contribution go a long way. Protecting wilderness and wildlife is an ongoing battle and we need all the help we can get. By donating $40 or more you will automatically become a member of Earthroots and receive special publications and invitations to events.

We have three easy ways for you to make a donation; donate online through the secure services of Canada Helps, print out a donation form and mail it with a cheque or credit card information, or you can call  the Earthroots office at 416-599-0152 x0 and made a credit card donation over the phone.

We can also accept securities and mututal fund shares through Canada Helps! Click here to learn more.