Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario and Duck Mountain Provincial Park in Manitoba are two popular parks that share the dubious distinction of being the last two Canadian parks with long-term logging operations continuing inside their boundaries.
The idea of industrial activity in a park may not have raised any alarm bells in the past, but times have changed. The federal government removed industrial activity from national parks in 1930, and both the Manitoba and Ontario governments have ended logging in all provincial parks – except Duck Mountain and Algonquin.
Shockingly, today 61 per cent of Duck Mountain Park and 65 per cent of Algonquin Park are available for forestry activity.
Logging in parks is an assault on our parks, and it’s contrary to what Canadians believe a park should be. Logging roads slice nature apart and cause fragmentation that is destructive to wilderness and wildlife habitat.
To learn more about this issue, please read our new educational report, End Logging in Ontario and Manitoba Parks.
The respected voices of the Environment Commissioner of Ontario and the Clean Environment Commission in Manitoba have stated that logging in parks must stop.
It’s time for us to end park logging, once and for all.
Please use our letter-writing tool to let the Premiers of Manitoba and Ontario know that you want to end logging in provincial parks.
Photo: Logs in a clearcut at Duck Mountain Provincial Park, Manitoba (Eric Reder).