ON provides opportunity to get Species at Risk policy right: Alliance – Woodbusiness.ca

by ahnationtalk on April 11, 2018208 Views

April 11, 2018 – An Alliance of First Nation and non-First Nation leaders were pleased to see Premier Wynne and the Ontario government have clearly listened to their concerns and are moving forward with a two-year extension to the current regulation for forest management under the provincial Endangered Species Act (ESA). However, the Alliance is now calling on Ontario’s cabinet ministers to ask Federal Natural Resource and Environment Ministers for more time in developing the right strategy for Ontario.

On April 10th, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) finalized a decision that will allow time for an independent panel, comprised of stakeholders and rights holders, to provide advice on species at risk in forest management and to assist MNRF in achieving a “better understanding of the impacts of climate change, the cumulative effects of all activity on a broad, dynamic landscape and a much better appreciation for the socio-economic implications.”

Mayor Wendy Landry of Shuniah and President of NOMA said, “We are very appreciative of this decision made by Premier Wynne and the Ontario government. While we are still concerned that this will require much more time than the two years, this is a positive first-step towards supporting our communities in Northern and Rural Ontario. Forestry is our way of life and we look forward to shaping the policy that governs it.”

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