Letter issued October 27, 2009 as a final appeal
Today, Manitoba Wildlands and the Wilderness Committee are sending their final appeals of the recent environment license that bisects Grass River Provincial Park with a logging road. The license was issued to Tolko Industries mere months after logging was supposedly banned in Grass River Park. The earlier formal appeals, filed in September, were denied by Conservation Minister Stan Struthers without explanation. The two environmental organizations are appealing to Premier Selinger to review this decision, and decide whether a logging road is a logging development, and whether the woodland caribou in this park deserve protection.
This past weekend the Wilderness Committee had the great honour of being asked to help the Tla-o-qui-aht repair an ancient "culture and spirit" trail leading up Lone Cone Mountain in Clayoquot Sound. Four hearty souls led by the Wilderness Committee's Martin Krykorka and Tla-o-qui-aht band member Corey Charlie made their way across the waters on our friend Brandon's boat from Tofino to the native community of Kakawis, where the trail begins. Beautiful fall weather greeted the trail crew as they snipped and sawed their way up the mountain. They worked late and rose early but according to all reports had lots of hot chocolate and marshmallows!
Wilderness Committee staffers Andy Miller and Eric Reder just returned home from their biggest, most audacious wilderness expedition to date, an exploration by foot, 4x4 truck, canoe and by air of the proposed “East Shore Wilderness” area of eastern Manitoba and northwestern Ontario. Located 200 km north of Winnipeg, Kenora, Dryden and Thunder Bay, the Eastshore is North America’s largest remaining intact, mostly road-less forest.