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    Researchers urge protection of Ontario’s old growth forests


    2013 - 08.14

    Protecting forests across the globe is essential for the future health of the environment – as companies like Greenwood Management are only too aware. Environmentalist groups are now gearing up to help protect some of the world’s oldest trees that are at risk of logging in Ontario, Canada.

    The soaring forests of Temagami contain more than 50 per cent of the world’s old-growth red and white pine trees, but they are hanging on the edge of extinction as a result of numerous natural reasons including forest fires and strong winds, but also due to the planned logging by the Ministry of Natural Resources.

    The Ministry is following an approved logging plan and allowing logging companies to chop down the old growth pines, some of which are as many as 400 years old. Groups are calling for the Government to reconsider these forest management plans and protect the old trees, and the biodiversity they support.

    Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner, Gord Miller, told The Star: “We have to take extraordinary steps to save these trees for future generations.”

    The Ministry recently approved the razing of around 100 hectares of old-growth red and white pines in the region, many of which are located around Temagami’s most popular canoe routes. Currently, this site offers one of the biggest unprotected areas of old red and white pine trees in the province. The trees provide essential sustenance to woodland caribou, bears, woodpeckers and pine marten, as well as offering nutrients to the forest itself.

    Groups such as Earthroots are calling upon the Government to reconsider the value of the old growth forests. Already facing numerous threats to their survival, this planned forest management programme could well be the final nail in the coffin for the Temagami’s ancient trees.