Two Nipigon-area men have been fined $2,000 for constructing a trail in the Nipigon Palisades Conservation Reserve.
Robert Bearman and Robert Thorsteinson pleaded guilty to constructing a trail without a work permit in violation of the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act.
They each were fined $1,000.
Court heard that in March, the Ministry of Natural Resources received an anonymous tip about a new trail in the Nipigon Palisades Conservation Reserve.
A conservation officer found Bearman and Thorsteinson constructing a 6.5-km trail with skidders and chainsaws.
Further investigation revealed that Bearman, owner of Nipigon River Bear Hunts, had constructed the trail to bring in moose-hunting clients.
The ministry has since closed the newly-constructed trail and erected a sign stating that unauthorized use of the trail is prohibited.
Justice of the Peace Gene Bannon heard the case Dec. 6 in Nipigon.
The public is reminded that, under the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, a work permit is required to construct or alter a trail on public land.
Permits help ensure our natural resources remain healthy and sustainable.
To report a natural resources violation, call toll-free 1-877-TIPS-MNR any time or contact your local MNR office during regular business hours.
You also can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).