It’s time to end logging in Algonquin Park once and for all.
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.
Over 5400 km of logging roads lace the perceived ‘backcountry’ of our flagship park. Logging is incompatible with a protected area. Even the most careful operations can threaten species at risk and other ecosystem values. Protected areas must provide a haven from such threats. Help us remove logging and other harmful threats from Algonquin Park.
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The history of Wildlands League is intricately tied to this history of this beloved park and our long-standing legal name reflects this. In 1968 a group of Ontarians got together and formed the Algonquin Wildlands League with the goal of getting logging removed from the Park. We are still working to get this done. Algonquin contains the highest concentration of self sustaining trout lakes in the world and it anchors the southern range of many of Ontario’s large mammal species like moose, wolves, black bear and marten. It forms the headwaters for 4 major rivers and sustains remnants of the original forest that covered all of central Ontario. Its beauty and wildlife are world renowned.
Logging must end in the park. Old growth forests, brook trout lakes and streams must be immediately protected, and 40% of the roads in the park must be shut down and restored.
A new policy is also needed to deal with the cottage issue conclusively to phase out these privately held leases to improve the ecological integrity of the park.
Environmental Group Applauds ECO’s Call to End Logging in Algonquin Park (October 7, 2014)
Ontario Abandons Ecological Integrity in Algonquin? (December 12, 2012)