Dear Andrea Horwath, Tim Hudak, Kathleen Wynne, Mike Schreiner and Wolf Lake area candidates,
I am deeply concerned that Ontario continues to allow mining activity in this irreplaceable ecological gem. Please commit to permanently protecting this unique ancient forest from all industry.
Wolf Lake, located along the Chiniguchi waterway in the southwestern part of the greater Temagami canoe area, is home to the largest old-growth red pine forest in the world. This ancient forest includes 1,600 hectares of red pine with trees up to 300 years old. The towering old growth red pine forest ecosystem has thrived for millennia, and has now become a haven for hikers and canoeists. But now this ecosystem is extremely rare and is estimated to persist on only 1.2% of its former extent.
Mining exploration has already destroyed a popular campsite, killed ancient pines, damaged the fragile soils, and disturbed the freshwater creeks of the Wolf Lake area. Exploration activities are intended to lead to an operational gold mine in the heart of this old-growth forest, a truly catastrophic outcome for the rare old growth forest.
Wolf Lake was promised for protection 14 years ago. It is irresponsible to leave this endangered ecosystem and its prime canoe routes in peril from industry any longer.
Please commit to keeping this ancient forest landscape intact. The Wolf Lake ancient forest needs full and permanent protection. I will be watching this issue closely during the 2014 election and plan to take further action if this issue is not resolved soon. I hope to count on you to finally do the right thing.