Public Invited to Participate in Woodland Caribou Signature Site Strategy

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The province is inviting the public to participate in developing a strategy for the long-term protection, planning, development and management of the Woodland Caribou Signature Site, Natural Resources Minister Jerry Ouellette announced today.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for people who know and care about the area to share their knowledge and get involved in the planning," said Ouellette.

The remote Woodland Caribou Signature Site, located near the communities of Ear Falls, Grassy Narrows, Pikangikum, Red Lake, Wabaseemoong and Lac Seul in northwestern Ontario, offers more than 2,000 kilometres of canoe routes and excellent sport fishing. It is also home to one of the largest herds of woodland caribou south of the Hudson Bay lowlands.

The site includes Woodland Caribou Provincial Park, proposed wilderness park additions, the Eagle Snowshoe Conservation Reserve, and the Pipestone Bay-McIntosh Enhanced Management Area. An additional feature of the site is the Bloodvein River, a Canadian Heritage River that runs between Ontario and Manitoba.

"As well as protecting the natural heritage values of the site, the strategy will explore recreational and tourism opportunities that will promote economic development in the region" said Ouellette.

For more information about the public consultation, people can contact Doug Gilmore, Acting Superintendent of Woodland Caribou Provincial Park, telephone number (807) 727-1336, fax (807) 727-2861, or visit the Ontario's Living Legacy Web site at www.ontarioslivinglegacy.com.

Woodland Caribou Signature Site is one of nine signature sites under Ontario?s Living Legacy, the most comprehensive program of natural heritage protection in Ontario's history.