Options forming for forest once ban on logging ends

By Carl Clutchey
The Chronicle Journal
December 9, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

ONTARIO — The province says it’s “considering input and developing options” for next steps when a moratorium on logging on a “large portion” of the Crown Whiskey Jack production forest near Kenora expires two years from now.   Logging has been off-limits in that part of the forest under a provincial forest management plan covering the period between 2012 and 2022, reflecting concerns by Grassy Narrows First Nation that areas it considers its traditional lands have been over-harvested and prevented from regenerating naturally.  “Much of the Whiskey Jack Forest is in a young, fragmented state, having been recently disturbed by large amounts of fire, wind damage, road building, and logging,” a Grassy Narrows backgrounder says.  It added: “Approximately 50 per cent of Grassy Narrows’ land has been logged.”

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