Click on the link to listen to Johns interview with Outdoor Journal Radio
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is proposing the partial removal of a decades-old dam in Black Sturgeon River Provincial Park north of Thunder Bay.
It's part of a series of possible amendments to the park plan outlined in a draft environmental study report now open for public inspection.
The study was prepared by an independent consultant and assessed various options for rehabilitating walleye and lake sturgeon populations, while continuing to provide sea lamprey control.
Camp 43 dam was built around 1960 for logging purposes, and played a role in keeping the lamprey population down in Lake Superior. However, it also cut off spawning areas for fish species such as walleye.
The Black Sturgeon River flows into Black Bay, which once had the largest population of walleye in Lake Superior, supporting what the government describes as "sizable" commercial and recreational fisheries. Due to a combination of factors, the walleye population collapsed in 1968.
A document filed with the province's Environmental Registry states that spawning habitat is limited in Black Bay, and that the remnant walleye stock spawns in the river. "Providing fish access to naturally occurring habitat is considered essential for the large scale rehabilitation of the native fish community in Black Bay and the Black Sturgeon River," the document notes.
The environmental study considered the effects of five alternatives and resulted in a preferred option.
A public notice states that in addition to partially removing the dam, the preferred plan includes the construction of a "multipurpose" sea lamprey barrier farther upstream, at the outlet of Eskwanonwatin Lake.
A spokesperson for the MNRF told tbnewswatch.com that the 53-metre-long dam no longer meets dam safety requirements. It consists of three sluice gates controlled by stop logs, and a weir. The gates are situated between concrete piers.
Under the proposed changes, MNRF says the piers would remain in place but the sluiceway concrete aprons would be removed to open the river system to fish movement and to reconnect a large portion of the river system to Black Bay.
The report is available for public viewing at the Waverley and Brodie libraries and at the Nipigon library.
The MNRF will also hold two open houses, in Nipigon on January 31 at the Curling Club 3-7 pm and in Thunder Bay on February 2 at the Oliver Rd Community Centre 3-7 pm.
Here is the EBR posting with link to the current Draft Environmental Study Report and appropriate contact information.
The Northwestern Ontario Sportsmen’s Alliance will host its 2016 annual general membership meeting on June 22nd at the Westfort Prosvita Hall/Gore street at 700pm. The meeting is open to all “paid in full” members of NOSA. Specifics of
agenda items will be announced that evening, along with election of new directors.
There will be an open forum for members and new business items can be introduced at this time.
For further specifics on meeting details, please contact John Kaplanis
via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by text at 807-624-6143.
You can view the results from the 2016 Big Game Measuring Event on the Lakehead Archers Website.
You can view their website here: http://www.lakeheadarchers.com/big-game.html
Attention moose stakeholders! Read below in the link. OMNR has apparently caved in on the proposed changes to allow wolves to be harvested without the purchase of a separate tag or seal. NOSA believes this decision is not in keeping with the intent of Phase II of the Moose Project where it has been identified that wolf predation has a limiting effect on moose population growth especially when moose are in decline. Make your views known to your local MPPs and our Minister of Nat. Resources Bill Mauro.
As you will recall, Ontario launched the Moose Project in fall 2014 to consider new moose population objectives and explore potential management actions to address factors affecting moose populations such as harvest, predation, parasites, changing climate and habitat. In December 2015, a public notice was put out seeking comments on some proposals as part of Phase 2 of Moose Project for new moose population objectives and additional management actions to address factors affecting moose.
These proposals were being considered in addition to other actions the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) has taken in recent years, including those resulting from Phase 1 of Moose Project, to address harvest pressure on moose by reducing tags and seasons for provincially licensed moose hunters. These actions are intended to help stabilize and grow Ontario’s moose population.
MNRF appreciates the input and comments provided on these proposals and other matters related to moose management. The following decisions have been made regarding the most recent proposals:
Decision notices on these proposals can be viewed on the Environmental Registry (www.ontario.ca/environmentalregistry) by entering the proposal numbers listed above in the search box.
Ontario will be monitoring the effects of these changes on moose populations and considering additional actions over time based on the input received from discussions to this point. MNRF appreciates the participation and insights provided by stakeholders, tourist outfitters, Aboriginal groups and communities, and the general public as part of the Moose Project. We will continue to seek opportunities to share information and work together to pursue our common interests with respect to moose.
If you have any questions about moose and sharing of information in a local area we encourage you to contact your local district MNRF office. If you would like to discuss Ontario’s moose management policies, Moose Project or the changes resulting from it we invite you to contact Patrick Hubert in Wildlife Section at (705) 755-1932 or email@example.com.
Chloe Stuart, Director
Species Conservation Policy Branch
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
300 Water Street, 5th Floor North
Peterborough, ON K9J 8M5
Phone: (705) 755-5341
BIG GAME MEASURING EVENT!
The Northwestern Ontario Sportsmen's Alliance (NOSA) is proud to announce the return of the BIG GAME MEASURING EVENT, to be held at the Central Canada Outdoor Show Friday Feb. 26th to Sunday Feb. 28th. Bring your moose or deer antlers and bear skulls to the outdoor show, OR leave them with the NOSA booth that will also be set up at the Heritage Building during the Northwestern Fur Trappers Convention held that same weekend - and be eligible for great prizes totalling over $1000 !!
The Rules of the Event are as follows:
3 species/4 divisions
1) - Bear skulls
2) - Moose antlers
3) - Typical Deer and Non-Typical Deer
4) - 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes for largest gross score in each division - based on minimum 5 entries per category (5 or more entries - 3 prizes, 4 entries - 2 prizes, 3 entries - 1 prize)
5) - 1 Mystery prize for each species, randomly drawn from all entries in each species will be awarded
6) - Additional Random draw prizes will be selected from all entrants regardless of species.
7) - "All-Time" entries will be accepted for each species and will be eligible for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes as set out for other categories. Eligible for random draw prizes.
8) - All entries must have been legally taken within Ontario. If a legal harvest occurred outside a specified season for species and weapon type the corresponding entry will be eligible in the "All-Time" category only. All-Time also includes "found dead".
9) - All event sponsors/volunteers/directors are permitted to enter the measuring event however all such entries must be made by noon on Saturday Feb. 27th with fees paid same time for their entries.
10) - All FROW recognized species will be eligible for free measurement, however only paid entries will be eligible for any prizes (see rule #11).
- FROW measuring by the Boone and Crockett scoring system will be utilized.
11) - Registration fee is $15 per entry or 3 for $30. Should an entry be eligible for entry into the FROW record books additional FROW registration fees are the responsibility of the entrant.
12) - All scores and decisions are final and at the discretion of The show directors: Joe Dampier (Lakehead Archers) and Shane Baker(NOSA Director)
( NOTE: This event was originally scheduled to be held at the NWFurTrappers Assoc. Convention in the CLE Heritage Building however the location of the event has been moved to the Central Canada Outdoor Show to accomodate co-sponsor Lakehead Archers Inc. who will be assisting with measuring at their booth during the Outdoor Show)
This is good reading material regarding Moose calf survival and Black Bear densities. This thesis was written by Raymond E. Kotchorek. Click on link below to review.
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Lots of good reading material regarding moose management in Ontario. Research paper is written by Len M. Hunt. Click on link below to view.
Share Your Voice Campaign August 7, 2015
Please post until August 14, 2015
For the past two years, Greenpeace and ForestEthics have waged attack campaigns against Resolute and the people of the boreal forest.
Their market campaigning does not reflect on-the-ground forestry practices and sustainability leadership in Canada. It is based on inaccurate allegations. The fact that the Canadian boreal is considered among the best managed, if not the best managed, forests in the world does not seem to matter to Greenpeace and ForestEthics.
These activists are specifically targeting the purchase of products from Canada’s boreal. Greenpeace and ForestEthics are continuing to intimidate and threaten our customers. Their attacks have resulted in the loss of jobs for workers in Northern Ontario and Quebec, and impact the socio-economic well-being of communities.
Contrary to their claims, Greenpeace and ForestEthics do not represent the views of northern communities, the majority of First Nations, and certainly not the workers of the region. As a result, more than 500 municipalities in Ontario and Quebec have expressed strong concern about the activist campaigns; 30 mayors recently travelled to Ottawa to take a firm stand; letters of condemnation have been sent by unions, mayors, First Nations and others; and the federal and provincial governments have been on the road meeting with customers to set the record straight.
Recently, an exchange of letters between Resolute and ForestEthics resulted in a powerful column written by Peter Foster of the
National Post, applauding Resolute’s resolve and principled position.
We believe that a range of stakeholders must be part of any workable solutions going forward in the boreal. Resolute remains steadfast in our support and willingness to engage in conversations, but we insist on the participation of regional stakeholders, First Nations and governments.
We are seeing an overwhelming rejection of the notion that groups like Greenpeace and ForestEthics speak for local communities, workers, First Nations and governments in the boreal. The people of the boreal deserve a seat at the table; they are not second-class parties in determining their own future.
Quite simply, they deserve a voice. And we plan to help amplify that voice.
If you want to make your voice heard, please visit act.resolutefp.com to send an email right now
to Greenpeace and ForestEthics demanding an end to their misinformation campaign and a seat at the table for the people who live and work in the boreal. To reinforce the message, Resolute is running full-page advertisements in national and regional newspapers as well as launching a full digital advertisement and social media campaign. In addition, pre-paid postcards will soon be available at Resolute locations in which employees, their families and friends can make their voices heard.