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Clear cutting, herbicides must be stopped

As a senior pilot who has spent the last 40 years flying Northern Ontario, it is truly concerning to see the total destruction of what was a paradise a few years ago.
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The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is asking motorists to be extra cautious on Ontario roads this spring as wildlife becomes more active. File photo.
As a senior pilot who has spent the last 40 years flying Northern Ontario, it is truly concerning to see the total destruction of what was a paradise a few years ago.

When learning to fly, I spent time low and slow counting moose per hour north of Wanapitei Lake.

Now there is nothing but clear cuts being sprayed by helicopter with herbicides. This kills the birch and maple understory that moose require to survive the winter.

I have not seen a moose or any wildlife in years of flying this area. Fishing in conservation areas, there are no bugs or birds, and the bush is scary quiet.

On a recent trip to Maine, which is uncut, you need to drive with caution because of the many moose.

The rate of cutting must be reduced and the spraying stopped. The herbicides get into the watershed of Lake Wanapitei and our drinking water.

George McKee
Falconbridge



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