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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.

Bluberry Lake Loop Canoe Route
Thursday, 29 January 2009 03:15

For everyone out there that's looking for a Blueberry Lake Loop Canoe Route map... here you go!

Just right click the image and save. Image size will be 1233x1470 px.


President's Message
Monday, 19 January 2009 16:30

After one year serving as President to Friends of Temagami (FOT), I am much more versed in the ins and outs and the complexity of what makes Temagami such a special place to so many people.  This first year of tenure has made me realize that no longer is Temagami just a place I love to explore by canoe but a region that requires a well-grounded voice of opposition to a bureaucracy that is narrowly focused on monetary return.

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