|Wolf Lake - Respond to the issue|
|Sunday, 03 July 2011 15:31|
Wolf Lake – Chiniguchi area - Land Management Disentanglement
EBR Registry Number: 010-7775 Click Here.
The issue in a nutshell
The Forest Reserve land use designation that protects Wolf Lake is proposed to be dropped where it coincides with mineral exploration leases, but not where it coincides with mineral exploration claims. The Forest Reserve for south Matagamasi Lake where the land issue is all mining claim, is proposed to be removed. Reasonably equivalent features in a land replacement area of 2195.7 ha will be added to the Chiniguchi Waterway Provincial Park. Commercial forestry and commercial aggregate extraction will not be permitted within the mining lease area.
Under Ontario’s Living Legacy Land Use Strategy (1999) forest reserves were created where potential protected areas coincided with pre-existing mineral exploration tenure such as mining claims and leases. Forest reserves recognize these exploration and mine development rights, but other industrial uses (forestry, commercial aggregates) are not permitted. The intention was that forest reserves would become individual or additions to provincial parks or conservation reserves if the tenure lapsed through normal processes. The forest reserve designation would remain as long as the mining claim or lease was in good standing.
Comment with your concern
This proposal has been posted for a 47 day public review and comment period starting June 01, 2011. If you have any questions, or would like to submit your comments, please do so by July 18, 2011 to:
Ministry of Natural Resources
Regional Operations Division Northeast Region
3767 69 Highway South Suite 5
Additionally, you may submit your comments on-line from the link above.
FOT’s take on the matter
FOT is concerned to read on the Environmental Registry that the proposal intends to remove Wolf Lake and south Matagamasi as a Forest Reserve from the waterway park by reclassifying it as a General Use or Enhanced Management Area. We have been concerned with the Wolf Lake disentanglement process since being made aware of the issue in 2007.
Since that time we submitted a joint Application for Review on January 8th, 2008 with Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) that requested that the Minister of Natural Resources undertake to regulate the Wolf Lake Forest Reserve (F175) as a protected area under the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act 2006 (PPCRA). Following this Application for Review, we were invited to attend a stakeholder’s meeting on May 6th, 2008 at MNR offices in Sudbury. FOT has now submitted our continuing concerns to MNR and are described below.
Our goal for this area and for all of the Temagami backcountry has always been to preserve the natural environmental and wilderness recreational values for future generations. The Wolf Lake Forest Reserve’s international significance as the largest contiguous Old Growth Red Pine Forest – arguably in the world – dictates that the Province must do everything in its power to minimize the threat of mining and development and to regulate it as a protected area.
Upon reviewing the proposed major amendment to this area, we have expressed to the MNR the following comments: