More Protection For Algonquin Park
For decades, CPAWS Wildlands League, CPAWS Ottawa Valley and other organizations, have been pressing the Government of Ontario to phase logging out of Algonquin Park – the only Ontario Park in which this activity is still authorized. We welcome the recent announcement by the Government of Ontario to the effect that the Algonquin Provincial Park Management Plan has been amended to reflect recommendations for reducing the impact of logging in proposal from 2010 called Lightening the Ecological Footprint of Logging in Algonquin Park. As a result of this amendment, close to 13% of the park’s area has been removed from industrial logging and when existing protected areas inside the park, areas unavailable for logging (water, rocky areas, wetlands) are taken into account, approximately 51% of the park is now off-limits to forestry.
CPAWS Ottawa Valley congratulates the Government of Ontario for moving forward with this amendment as it is a step in the right direction. Logging is an extremely destructive activity that does not belong in a provincial park. We continue to urge the Government of Ontario to develop a long term plan to remove all logging from the park. Such a plan should include economic development incentives for communities which depend on wood volume from the park to help them find volume from elsewhere or to diversify into industries.
As the northern anchor of the Algonquin to Adirondacks Conservation Initiative (A2A), Algonquin Park’s ecosystems must be intact and healthy. Not only is the park the northern terminus of A2A, it also serves as a key connection for species between the Boreal forest to the north by way of the new protected area along the Dumoine River in western Quebec and it serves as a key “stepping stone” for species on their way from the Ottawa Valley to areas to the northwest, such as Temagami.