Don’t log Maple Mountain

Apparently the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources is planning on letting Domtar log Maple Mountain. (Or at least the parts outside the park boundaries). Here's the letter I sent to the person doing the review. Send your own letter.

Dear Mr Vanschip,

I read with outrage the report that the ministry is to allow logging on Maple Mountain in the Temagami area.

It boggles my mind that this sort of thing is still possible/legal. Given all we know about deforestation, global warming and the interconnectedness of ecosystems.

I’m no expert but it seems to me there must be many more trees in other parts of the province that can be logged without causing such harm to the province’s nature reserves.

And while the area to be logged may not be within the arbitrary, bureaucratic designation of Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Wilderness or the Makobe-Grays Waterway parks, the damage done most certainly will be.

The road construction and its attendant destruction will, I have to believe, ripple into areas which are supposed to be protected.

Surely Domtar can find other ways and places to make their billions. They don’t have to threaten this cherished and increasinly rare area of wilderness.

I urge you to do what you can to put a halt to this travesty.

Yours very truly,

Chris Lawson

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