Better management urged for Temagami
Canoeists challenge status quo at public forum
For immediate release: Friday, November 25, 2005
(Toronto) Over 150 people packed an auditorium in Toronto yesterday to give input to Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) representatives about recreational and ecological management in the Temagami region. Outdoor enthusiasts, canoeists and wilderness advocates braved the city’s first snowstorm to make clear that the status quo was not acceptable.
“Typically, planning has put high-impact activities at the centre and only addressed other values in order to mitigate the damage to them” said Victor Lorentz, Earthroots Forest Campaigner when he addressed the crowd. “It’s vital that ecological, cultural and recreational values be put at the centre of consideration so that they can be rehabilitated and developed.”
MNR was asked to come to Toronto to engage with stakeholders as part of the Temagami Integrated Planning process. The process will create a comprehensive plan to deal with the region’s parks, conservation reserves and crown land recreation. Canoeists at the event reiterated that things would have to change on the land.
“The wilderness routes have been continuously degraded and we’re being squeezed into a smaller and smaller area” said Ed MacPherson, a wilderness canoeist who has been going to Temagami for over 30 years. “Restricting and eliminating motorized access including ATVs, protecting and rehabilitating the traditional Nastawgan routes and better trail maintenance will have to be a part of this plan.”
Many of those in attendance asserted that resource use conflicts must be resolved by taking into account their ecological footprint. They argued that if user fees were going to be implemented through this process, they should be assessed based on the impact users have on the resource.
A similar forum was held in Ottawa on Tuesday.
For more information please contact:
Victor Lorentz, Earthroots Forest Campaigner
Cell: 416-819-7424 ---
Office: 416-599-0152 ext. 13 ---