Help Save Wolf Lake

Help Save Wolf Lake

Wolf Lake is the site of North America’s largest old growth red pine forest (1600 ha). Located in Greater Sudbury, this ecological treasure has survived acid rain, forest fires, and generations of disturbances, to now be threatened with mining. Wolf Lake is filled with red pine trees that are over 150 years old, that’s a tree wider than two people’s arm spans to wrap around. Wolf Lake is one of the few regenerating red pine forests left, with new saplings coming up annually. This special place is a jewel of the northeastern Ontario as it is a ...

Wolf Lake is the site of North America’s largest old growth red pine forest (1600 ha). Located in Greater Sudbury, this ecological treasure has survived acid rain, forest fires, and generations of disturbances, to now be threatened with mining. Wolf Lake is filled with red pine trees that are over 150 years old, that’s a tree wider than two people’s arm spans to wrap around. Wolf Lake is one of the few regenerating red pine forests left, with new saplings coming up annually. This special place is a jewel of the northeastern Ontario as it is a perfect snapshot of what the region was before intensive forestry, mining, and urbanization.

As a part of the Chiniguchi Waterway, this area is visited by naturalists, school groups, academics, adventurers, and environmentalists to see and learn from the towering trees, quartzite cliffs, and wildlife calling this place home. This may sound impressive for largest contiguous red pine forest, but this critical ecosystem is some of the last 1.2% of its original range. 

The Ontario government has renewed mineral exploration leases on this land until 2033 without public consultations and against public will calling for Wolf Lake to finally be protected. This land has been slated for protection for years and our governments are failing to make good on promises of protection. In silence, we risk losing this last remaining bit of a disappearing ecosystem. 

Help us in telling David Piccini, Minister of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks ([email protected]) and Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources, Forestry and Indigenous Affairs ([email protected]) to do their jobs and protect Ontario's wilderness. 

More at www.SaveWolfLake.org

Images: Rob Nelson Photography

 

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