Check out: http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1100528--ontario-breaks-temagami-pledge?bn=1
Old growth forests are scarce enough as it is. The province of Ontario needs to take greater action to protect the 'unexplored' lands in the North. Extraction, logging and poor policy can elicit extensive irreversible damage to these ecosystems and their inhabitants.
Just because there are minerals to be had does not mean we ought to have them!
**Update: check out this:http://news.ontario.ca/mnr/en/2012/03/wolf-lake-to-remain-forest-reserve.html
While the forest will retain it's 'reserve' status, they will still be exploring for minerals. This is not acceptable. Exploration for minerals will lead to extraction which is precisely what we are trying to avoid.
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We the undersigned, call on the Ontario Minister of Natural Resources and the Preimier to reconsider changing the designation of 'forest reserve' to 'general use' at Wolf Lake in Temagami. Changing the designation undermines the effectiveness of policy-or designations created to protect areas such as Wolf Lake.
We want to see old growth forests respected and their boundaries of protection extended - not diminished, not degraded.
The Protect The Old Growth Forest Reserve at Wolf Lake - Temagami petition to Minister of Natural Resources/ Dalton McGuinty was written by Janise and is in the category Environment at GoPetition.