The Nature Conservancy of Canada along with the provincial and federal governments announced the Boreal Wildlands project in honour of Earth Day. The project covers nearly 1,500 square kilometres of forest that includes sections east of Hearst with the Missinaibi River and west towards Hornepayne. When completed, the project with encompass an area twice the size of Toronto. Ontario Program Director Kristy Fergusonn says this project has taken several years to put together.
“Hearst Forest Management incorporated to make sure we are providing access to forestry companies, who have been using the site for access for many years,” she said. “We’ve been speaking with the town of Hearst, the possibilities of things like Eco-tourism opportunities.”
Fergusonn says what made the Hearst area attractive was not just the size but what was on the land.
“Forests wetlands, rivers, all of those lakes, and the wildlife these properties are supporting,” she said. “In addition in creating an ecological corridor with some provincial parks the Nagagamisis Provincial Park and Missinaibi River Provincial Park.”
Fergusonn says they will be working with Constance Lake First Nation on a research project regarding the Woodlands Caribou. She adds the project will look at the number of caribou in the region as well as other wildlife.