FORESTS FOR TOMORROW
Environment North Board member Bruce Hyer is on the LCC of the Planning Team for the Armstrong/Wabadowgang Noopming Forest. He is also the Director and trip planner for Wabakimi Canoeing & Fishing Outfitters, a caribou scientist, former land use planner, and has a Master’s Degree in Forestry. He also serves as the Vice Chair of the Armstrong Local Citizens Committee (LCC).
Bruce Hyer is leading the Forests for Tomorrow initiative.
You can help support sustainble forestry and adherence to Ontario's Land Use Plan (CLUPA 2616) which prioritizes commercial recreation in an area east of Wabakimi provincial park and protection of caribou habitat by donating to the Forests for Tomorrow fund.
Legal action may be required to ensure adherence of the to ensure that the Forest Management Plan (FMP) for the Wabadowgang Noopming Forest adheres to CLUPA 2616.
At a minimum the proposed roads in CLUPA 2616 must be restricted to only temporary winter roads without gravel, and winter harvesting only!
- What happens adjacent to and near Wabakimi Park will have large effects on park values (e.g. remoteness, undue access to caribou habitat and delicate ecosystems, lake trout lakes, and up to 5 years of summertime noise by road-building, logging, and hauling, right next to Tamarack Lake and the Boiling Sand River inside the park)
- Some important caribou habitat outside of the park is at great risk, due to proposed new roads and clearcuts. MNRF’s own 2014 report says that caribou are at risk on the Armstrong Forest, and that harvesting should be shifted to areas of lower value habitat with few or no caribou present. But now MNRF would prefer to ignore this important report by its own biologists.
- Valuable remote tourism outposts outside the park near Caribou Lake are about to be made unsustainable by gravel road access.
Additional details coming soon.