Algonquin Park old-growth forest project

Wednesday, July 06, 2022

We’re researching old-growth forest stands in Algonquin Park with Ontario ecologist Mike Henry. The 2022 scientific surveys will take place in locations that are still unprotected from logging with the goal of raising public awareness of what’s at risk as long as Algonquin remains open to industrial activity. Stay tuned for reports of the findings, and don’t forget to use our action tool below to call for full protection for Ontario’s iconic park.

Algonquin old-growth forest

“We know there are pristine old-growth forests in Algonquin Park that are available for logging — we've found trees over 400 years old in these forests, but the government has no process to identify and protect them. We're trying to pick up the slack and at least identify the most significant unprotected old-growth stands. Algonquin Park is very important for its globally significant concentration of old-growth hemlock and hardwood forests. These forests are reservoirs of biodiversity and genetic diversity of trees, and they store vast amounts of carbon to help mitigate climate change. It will take millenia to recover what is lost when an old-growth forest is logged, but the problem of unprotected old growth in Algonquin Park is not being taken seriously by policy makers.” — Mike Henry

Mike Henry, along with Dr. Peter Quinby literally wrote the book on old-growth forests in Ontario.

It’s time to end logging in Algonquin Park

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