Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

August 24, 2011 16:32 ET

Letter to the Editor re: Public Access to Crown Land in Wawa Area

OFAH Urges Ontario Residents to Make Their Voices Heard

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 24, 2011) - The outcome of the Crown Land Use Atlas Harmonization (CLUAH) project will influence public access to Crown land in the Wawa area. According to the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), this project may also influence future Crown land use planning exercises throughout northern Ontario. It is critically important that anglers, hunters and other Crown land recreationalists become involved and have their voices heard.

The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) has been engaged with the CLUAH project since it began in 2006 to provide a voice for anglers, hunters and wise resource management. In July, four CLUAH management options were presented by the MNR during a whirlwind tour of public open houses in five local communities. The management options have also been posted for public review on the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) Registry website (www.ebr.gov.on.ca; Registry Number PB06E2025). Public comments will be accepted in writing or online until September 1, 2011.

The OFAH is not endorsing any of the four proposed options. Instead, the OFAH will submit several recommendations that in total represent a distinctly different alternative. We are convinced that better use and management of our public Crown lands will result if the OFAH recommendations are implemented by the MNR. The following are some of the most important recommendations being made by the OFAH.

Motorized access restrictions should not occur more than one kilometer from remote lodge or outpost camp lakes. Motorized access restrictions should not extend beyond the peak summer tourism operating season (i.e. June 1 – August 31), therefore terminating the current road closures during the first two weeks of the moose hunt. Designated remote tourism lakes and 'opportunity' lakes with no active operations and/or Land Use Permits should be identified and re-designated so that increased public access can occur.

Please visit www.ofah.org/cluah to read the OFAH preliminary recommendations and information on how you can provide your own comments to the MNR.

Yours in Conservation,
Matt DeMille
OFAH Land Use Specialist

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