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Ontario must act to prevent hidden deforestation, environmental group says – CBC

Wildlands League catalogues hundreds of barren land sites left behind by forest industry

Jul 30, 2020

Thousands of hectares of boreal forest in northwestern Ontario have been laid to waste by the forest industry but remains unaccounted for under Ontario’s forest management and climate change plans, according to a new report from the Wildlands League.

The environmental group released an online catalogue on Thursday of nearly 300 sites that have remained barren for up to 30 years. The total deforested area amounts to about 650,000 hectares or roughly 1.5 times the size of Lake Nipigon, according to Trevor Hesselink, director of policy and research for the Wildlands League.

The sites, which Hesselink calls logging scars, are left on the landscape by access roads and heavy equipment use. Those areas fall outside of Ontario’s forest management planning regime.

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