Algonquin cottages put pressure on lakes and ecosystems in park, new studies show

New scientific studies commissioned by the Ontario government and recently released show that cottages in Algonquin Park contribute cumulatively to the pressures on the park’s ecosystems. The studies state that their “effects represent an additional challenge to the maintenance and restoration of ecological integrity of the park as defined in the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, 2006”. CPAWS welcomes the studies.

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Please let Ontario Minister David Orazietti know what you think.

This is what CPAWS is saying:

  • Uphold the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, 2006. Make protecting the ecological integrity of Algonquin Park a priority;
  • The newly released studies support our long-standing view that the cottages pose a risk to Algonquin Park’s ecosystems and are not compatible with protecting the ecological integrity of the park (as required by law);
  • There is enough information in these reports about the risks of the cottages to the ecological integrity of the park to warrant a more thoughtful approach than what the government has proposed;
  • CPAWS Wildlands League strongly recommends that Ontario does not extend the leases in its current process for Algonquin or Rondeau. Instead, the Province should commit to making a decision on how to phase out the leases in the context of all uses of the park through a science-based ecological integrity plan.



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