CPAWS Wildlands League works on big wilderness in Ontario.
Our work is dynamic. We don’t just talk about an area or an issue. We get to know it inside and out. We understand the players, the pressure points and make sure our contributions add value. We are a small yet highly effective charity that brings scientific rigor, credibility and creative solutions forward. And we help connect people with nature through local polar bear swims, paddles in the Rouge or remote visits to intact forests and wetlands.
See what projects we are working on below and learn how you can help protect the spaces you love.
Through an inclusive and collaborative approach, Wildlands League is working with First Nations, scientists, governments, industry, and concerned citizens on new emerging models of protecting northern rivers and on highlighting the unintended consequences of mining on fish (an important traditional food) and human consumers of fish. We hosted a two day workshop in June 2016 called Regional Approaches to Land and Water Protection in Ontario and Quebec (agenda). We are helping Moose Cree First Nation … Continued
Algonquin Provincial Park is a Canadian icon. It evokes classic images of wilderness: loon-serenaded lakes, blazing sugar maples and towering pines, rugged canoe trips and moose-haunted bogs. But for all Algonquin’s beauty and ecological significance, the Ontario government is failing in its mandate to protect it. Surprisingly only 14% of Ontarians are aware that Algonquin Park has been open to industrial logging since its inception. Over 5400 km of logging roads lace the perceived ‘backcountry’ … Continued
NEW! CPAWS applauds bill to fix Rouge National Urban Park Act. Rouge Park is located on the eastern boundary of the City of Toronto and houses much of the lower Rouge River watershed – one of the last in Western Lake Ontario to remain free of urban development. Bounded by Markham and Scarborough to the west, Pickering to the east and Stouffville to the north, the 47km2 Rouge Park provides a bastion against urban sprawl. It protects … Continued
CPAWS is one of seven environmental signatories to the historic Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA). Signed in 2010, the agreement brings together leading environmental groups in Canada with the Forest Products Association of Canada and its 19 member companies. It applies to 76 million ha of public lands in Canada. It is a globally significant precedent that seeks to conserve significant areas of Canada’s Boreal Forest, protect threatened woodland caribou and sustain a healthy forest industry … Continued
NEW! An investigation into the Victor mine has found failures in self-monitoring raising troubling questions about entrusting the company to protect the environment in which it operates. Read more here. The remote De Beers’ Victor Diamond Mine is located in northeastern Ontario, 90 km west of Attawapiskat First Nation in the Attawapiskat River watershed. The region is part of one of the largest, intact ecosystems areas left on earth with rich wetlands and clean flowing … Continued
Wildlands League monitors new proposals for linear disturbances (e.g., roads or transmission lines) in the Boreal Forest because they are often the precursor to additional developments and open up new areas for industrial activities which in turn have ramifications for at risk wildlife such as forest dwelling woodland caribou. There are two companies proposing to build a major new ~ 300 km transmission line in Northwestern Ontario designed to supply power from Ignace/Dryden to Pickle … Continued
In June 2012, Wildlands League with fellow environment and industry signatories to the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, and Taykwa Tagamou Nation and northern municipalities, produced a voluntary agreement that aims to secure the future of 3 million ha of caribou range in the Abitibi River Forest near Cochrane, Ontario, to conserve Boreal woodland caribou, and to maintain hundreds of jobs in forestry. It was the first agreement of its kind and we hope, an example … Continued
NEW: Did you see our ad in the Globe and Mail? See it here and read Anna’s blog. Boreal caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) is one of Canada’s most iconic species. It is classified as threatened in Ontario under the Endangered Species Act, 2007 and as threatened nationally under the Species at Risk Act. This means that it is “likely to become endangered if nothing is done to reverse the factors leading to its extirpation or extinction”. Boreal caribou … Continued
We appealed the troubling decision by a lower court that puts already endangered species at further risk of extinction. Our appeal was heard on Tuesday April 19 2016 at the Ontario Court of Appeal. Read more here. This marked the first time environmental groups won the right to appeal to the Ontario Court of Appeal on a case about the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Ontario Regulation 176/13, which came largely into force under the ESA on July … Continued
The Ring of Fire is the name given to a new arc shaped mining district in the heart of Ontario’s Far North. Located approximately 500 km NE of Thunder Bay, it’s been lauded for its potential in terms of chromite deposits and other industrial metals. What is less well appreciated is that the Ring is located in the heart of an irreplaceable environmental treasure. This wilderness of trees, wetlands, lakes and rivers is part of … Continued