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Tuesday, 10 March 2009 13:38


Paradise Below Zero:  Temagami Style

February 2009

Chee-Skon-Abikong. I’ve always had a special connection with this little lake, nestled deep in the Temagami wilderness.

Although I had visited this area many times during the summer months, I had never had the opportunity to experience it during the winter, so I packed my bag, laced up the mukluks, and off I went, to experience Temagami under a blanket of snow.

Hike the Temiskaming Highland Trail from May 4th to 12th.
Tuesday, 24 February 2009 19:47




Nastawgan Trails is holding its 5th annual end to end hike on the Ottawa - Temiskaming Highland Trail from May 4th to 12th.  We are looking for participants who would like to join us on our journey along this magnificent trail.  The trip, from Ottertail Creek at Lake Temiskaming to the Town of Latchford on Hwy #11, is about 100 km in length.  The trail is rugged but clear, well marked and signed.  Participants must be self contained, experienced backpackers in good physical condition; able to handle steep grades and elevation changes up to 600 ft.  There are no bridges or walkways and streams must be forded.  We will be arranging for a food cache at about day 6.  


There are pdf preview maps and gpx trail tracks available at nastawgantrails.org (click 'Area Trails', click GPS at top of page). The guide book, Discovering Wild Temiskaming, by Murray & Vicky Muir is available at MEC

For more information contact: 

 Murray & Vicky Muir

705 648 3310
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FOT scores in Forestry Plan Issue Resolution
Friday, 13 February 2009 19:35

FOT scores in Forestry Plan Issue Resolution

The Friends of Temagami has won some concessions in the 2009-2019 Temagami Forest Management Plan. In response to FOT’s Issue Resolution request, filed in June 2008, Ministry of Natural Resources Regional Director Eric Doidge has made changes to the final plan. These include:

· Long-term road density in Special Management Areas will be capped at 0.55 km/km2. This recognizes the density as a maximum, not an average.

· Decommissioning will be considered as a road use strategy. This is the first time that a specific strategy for road abandonment has been identified.

· Secondary canoe routes will not be created. This may have led to a lower level of protection for existing canoe routes.

· Youth camps and canoeists will be involved in cultural heritage planning. We had previously been barred from sitting on the Cultural Heritage Task Team.

· Viewpoint access trails will receive a T1 Area of Concern. This 30 m reserve and 30 m modified reserve is the highest level of protection afforded hiking trails.

· Six viewpoints will receive permanent recognition: Florence Lake Ridge, Dry Lake Ridge, Chee-skon Ridge, Pinetorch Fire Tower, Blueberry Lake Ridge, and Dalton Lake Ridge.

· Native people will be consulted regarding logging in the Spirit Forest.

FOT will now ensure that all portages, as well as youth camp and canoeing heritage values, are recognized and protected. We will also participate in the review of the Temagami Land Use Plan, expected in 2009.

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Navigable Waters Protection Act PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 03 February 2009 21:25
Federal Government uses Economic Crisis to Gut Navigable Waters Protection Act 
By Carly Armstrong, Forest Campaigner with Earthroots.org


The alarm bells rang for the Navigable Waters Protection Act (NWPA) last fall, when the Federal government organized a steering committee to address a proposal to change the more than century old NWPA.  The project was dropped during the federal election but has now been slotted into the Federal budget plan in an unprecedented move to revise legislation through a budget plan.
Member's photos
Sunday, 01 February 2009 18:57

Ranger Point, Obabika Lake


Ranger Point, Obabika Lake - A popular campsite due to its size and beach front.

Recently a trail has been made to hike to the old fire tower and Forest Ranger cabin.

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