By Conor Mihell
Environmentalists and the director of venerable Camp Keewaydin have joined forces and called on the Ontario provincial government to issue full protection to an embattled wilderness area in the Temagami canoe district. Last year, the province reneged on a promise to create a park in the area and instead offered a 21-year mining rights extension to a company with claims surrounding Wolf Lake, a popular canoe-tripping destination set amidst old-growth red pine and white-rock hills, located east of the city of Sudbury.
Bruce Ingersoll, the director of Camp Keewaydin, invited Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to join his camp on a canoe trip in the area. "Our campers have loved Wolf Lake's old growth forests for over 100 years," said Ingersoll in a press release, "and we think you will, too."
The province has waffled on Wolf Lake since the 1990, when a government report concluded that the region "may be the largest contiguous, old-growth red pine-dominated forest in North America," with trees up to 300 years old. Bob Olajos of the Save Wolf Lake coalition believes first-hand experience will win over the Premier's heart.
"We are hoping that Premier Wynne will join the dialogue about Wolf Lake to help us find a resolution that protects this world class destination," said Olajos. "When she comes, she will find that the ancient pines, clear waters and rocky ridges speak for themselves."