Why am I doing this? I like to canoe. I like to take pictures. I like wild places and the creatures that live there.


Welcome to the world of Forest management.

The problem is, those creatures can’t speak for themselves. When the Ministry of Natural Resources goes through the process of a Forestry Management Plan, they don’t get to speak. The plans are drawn up by those who cut the trees down and are drawn up to maximize their profits. The MNR is then responsible for reviewing the plan and adding their perspective or rubber stamping it if they feel their objectives have been met. The MNR then submits the plan for public comment. The work here is done in preparation for one of those comments. It requires work to try and save animal habitat. The guys who work for the Ministry get paid, the guys who work to prepare the plans for the foresters get paid, the Ministry pays for the roads that allow access to the forests. The only people who don’t get paid are the people who work to try and represent the interests of the caribou and other animals and plants within the ecosystem. One ecosystem can incorporate many Forestry management Units. It’s not fun, it’s not productive, and often efforts or people like Earthroots and CPAWs (links on this page) are not successful. As well, there is some unique old growth in the Ogoki area. The preservation of old growth should always be encouraged especially in near lakes and portages/ hiking trails.

     Often it’s possible to save an ecosystem by saving the largest animals within that eco-system. While the main focus is the caribou, the overall focus is an attempt to save an ecosystem. There are precious few intact ecosystems where people can go, south of the 51st parallel. At the north end of the the Ogoki Forest Management Unit is the Albany River. Another goal would be to seek protection for the entire Albany watershed, as an intact eco-system. And try and create a “Caribou Corridor” from the Albany, down through Ogoki and Lake Nipigon to connect with the isolated herds on the  Slate Islands and in

Pukaskwa National Park

Why the Albany? North of the Albany is for the most part undisturbed boreal forest. The Albany is the perfect “line in the sand”. But to protect the Albany river watershed, land south of the Albany must be protected as well. And that may have to be attempted, one Forestry Management Unit at a time.

For a more complete description of the Ogoki Forest, click here,


Photo Credit: Terry Parker

Click on the picture for the page this picture came from. The white part of the woodlands caribou’s coats breaks up their outline makes them almost impossible to pick out as they move through the forest. Hence their nick name “the grey ghosts”.


To see exactly where the Ogoki Forest is Click on the link, or the Sat image to the left.

Finding Ogoki