New protected areas proposed in northeastern Ontario

    McGuinty Government Invites Public Comment On Plan
    To Free Mining Claims And Private Lands

    TORONTO, July 7 /CNW/ -


    The public is invited to comment on new protected areas put forward to
replace a proposed conservation reserve in northeastern Ontario.
    Additions to Grassy River Halliday Lake Forest and Lowlands Conservation
Reserve, Ivanhoe River Clay Plain Conservation Reserve and Chapleau
Nemegosenda River Provincial Park are proposed as alternatives to a planned
Woman River Complex conservation reserve. The proposed Woman River Complex
conservation reserve included areas previously staked by prospectors, as well
as areas of private land.
    Details of the proposal are posted on the province's Environmental
Registry at
(, Registry Number 010-2514.
    The Ministry of Natural Resources worked with representatives of
environmental groups, prospectors, First Nations, members of the forest
industry and other provincial ministries to select the new protected areas.


    "By proposing new protected areas to replace previously staked land, we
are supporting economic development in the North while conserving Ontario's
natural heritage," said Natural Resources Minister Donna Cansfield
    "It is possible for environmentalists, First Nations, the mining and
forestry industry to agree. We did it. We successfully completed the planning
for new protected areas effectively addressing the loss of the Woman River
Complex Conservation Reserve," said Evan Ferrari, Director, Parks and
Protected Areas, CPAWS Wildlands League.


    -  The new lands proposed for protection are equal in size to the
       previously planned conservation reserve - 9,700 hectares.
    -  The new lands encompass diverse ecosystems, including significant
       wetlands, osprey nesting sites, stands of old-growth forest, and an
       Area of Natural and Scientific Interest.


    - Read the proposal
AyNTAw&statusId=MTUzMjIz&language=en) posted on the province's Environmental
Registry (
( Registry Number 010-2514, and
send in your comments.

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For further information:

For further information: David Bauer, Minister's Office, (416) 314-2212;
Barry Radford, Communications Services Branch, (416) 314-0652

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