Protect Old-Growth Pine Forest and Lichens: Study

New research from the University of Guelph lends support to protecting an old-growth forest in Sudbury, Ont.

The study, conducted by researchers from the School of Environmental Sciences and Guelph’s Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, examined the lichen communities in the Wolf Lake stand of trees in northern Ontario. Lichens consist of a fungus and a photosynthetic partner, normally green algae.

The Wolf Lake stand is the largest old-growth red pine forest in the world, but is threatened by active mining leases and claims. Wolf Lake is located 50 km northeast of downtown Sudbury. Trees as old as 300 years have been found there.

“Old-growth pine forests are complex systems and contain much more biodiversity than meets the eye,” said Guelph environmental sciences professor Madhur Anand, one of the study’s authors.

“That biodiversity translates directly into all kinds of ecosystem services. Lichens are an often-ignored aspect of biodiversity, but can be important for many things from indicating pollution levels to providing food for other species.”


Expert report exposes Gov neglect on Grassy Narrows Mercury Poisoning Tragedy

Toronto – A report by scientific experts reveals that the government response to the ongoing mercury tragedy in Grassy Narrows has been inadequate and untruthful.  The report was commissioned by the Mercury Disability Board in 2009, but it was never released to the public, and its scathing conclusions have not been acted on.  The Board includes representatives of both the provincial and federal governments.  The report contradicts the governmental refusal to acknowledge mercury poisoning in Grassy Narrows, and reveals that health care, diagnosis, and support for mercury survivors are substandard.



WHAT:  Grassy Narrows responds to the report, calls for justice for mercury survivors. 

WHEN:  Monday July 28, 10:00 a.m.

WHO:  Grassy Narrows Chief Roger Fobister Sr.

Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy

Grassy Narrows Mother of Five Judy Da Silva

Stephen Lewis available for comment by phone

WHERE:  Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil St. (near Spadina and College)

N.B.  Full copies of the report will be available at the press conference.


Happy Earth Day

Earthroots has some friendly suggestions for meaningful actions that can be taken to celebrate Earth Day!

1)  Send a letter to the Premier asking her to protect Temagami's ancient red and white pine forests from logging.  Click here to visit Earthroots' action centre.

2)  Support Grassy Narrows in their fight to protect their traditional territory from clearcut logging.  Click here to visit the action centre on

3)  If you are in downtown Toronto on Wednesday afternoon, drop by the Earth Day Fair at 401 Richmond.  Meet Earthroots staff and other representatives from the building who are doing great work to protect our environment.  Click here for more info.

4)  Celebrate this special occasion by contributing to Earthroots and our ongoing work to protect wilderness, wildlife and watersheds across Ontario by clicking here.

5)  Start an Earth Day tradition!

* Share a local meal with friends and family
* Walk or bike to work
* Plant a tree
* Start seeds for a backyard garden
* Go for a local hike
* Properly dispose of hazardous household waste
* Replace a square meter of your lawn with ground cover
* Put up a bird feeder or bird box

6)  Spread the word by passing this information on to your friends and family!

Journey with Jim: Paradise found at Wolf Lake

 Jim Moodie, The Sudbury Star

An excerpt from Jim's article about his journey to Wolf Lake:

"At the moment, Wolf Lake is still very much a grey area in the overall greenery of the Chiniguchi wilderness -- it's protected from logging, but open to mineral exploration -- and yet for any visitor who arrives by wheel or foot or canoe, or some combination thereof, descriptions would lean towards clarity: Transparent water, bright quartz rock, stark trees, crisp stars at night."

Read the full article here.

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Time is running out for Ontario's endangered species!

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