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.
NEW! Wildlands League has published the first ever progress report on whether critical habitat of the iconic boreal caribou is protected in Canada. Read more here. The Editorial Board of the Toronto Star weighed in strongly here. Also read the scientists’ letter here debunking the Forest Products Association of Canada’s claims on caribou. Boreal caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) is one of Canada’s most iconic species. Boreal caribou were re-assessed by COSEWIC (Committee on the Status of Endangered … Continued
Wildlands League is working with Moose Cree First Nation to permanently protect the North French River and South Bluff Creek located north of Cochrane in northeastern Ontario. Twelve leading environmental and indigenous organizations and thousands of Canadians stand with Moose Cree. Lend your support here. This initiative was recently featured in the Toronto Star see here.
Environmental Group Takes Diamond Giant De Beers to Court. Read more here. 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. 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 … Continued
Ontario’s moose are in trouble. It was thought they were doing well in forested landscapes, but people in moose country knew better. In recent years, hunters, outfitters and other northerners spoke of a drop in their numbers. Now the science is in. There is no doubt, in much of the province and in other regions of their range, moose are in trouble. Moose numbers have declined drastically in other jurisdictions so much so that Manitoba … Continued
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
More good news! The Government of Ontario recently transferred and released its interest in 22.8 km2 of lands to Parks Canada to help complete Rouge National Urban Park. See latest news here. This is a magnificent milestone and a long time coming. Transport Canada has also transferred 21km2 of land to Parks Canada for Rouge National Urban Park. These are important connected lands and we are thrilled the park will be bigger. Rouge Park is … 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
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
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 of a collaboration … Continued
The fight for endangered species continues. On November 15, a petition was tabled in the Ontario legislature calling on all members to re-affirm their support for stopping threats to habitat and protecting threatened wildlife. And our work for caribou is gaining steam again both federally and provincially. While our application to the Supreme Court of Canada was dismissed, it doesn’t change the fact that MNR made a regulation that exempts major industries from protecting endangered … Continued
Wildlands League hosted a two day workshop in June 2016 called Regional Approaches to Land and Water Protection in Ontario and Quebec (agenda) where the Ring of Fire was discussed and other potential large developments. 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 … Continued