Forest company built road through wildlife corridor

Buchanan Forest Products Ltd. has been found guilty of building an unauthorized road through a moose habitat corridor.
The Thunder Bay company, convicted of two charges of failing to comply with an approved annual work schedule under the Crown Forest Sustainability Act, faces sentencing next month.
Court heard that in late summer, 2001, Ministry of Natural Resources personnel investigated the construction of an unauthorized road east of Bukemega Lake, in the Armstrong Forest, about 200 km north of Thunder Bay.
The road, built in May, 2001, went through a moose habitat corridor that had been identified as a protected area where no harvesting of timber or road construction was permitted.
In addition, company workers failed to tell the ministry of the infraction within 24 hours as required.
The ministry protects the sustainability of forest resources, including wildlife, through the Crown Forest Sustainability Act.
Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman, who issued his decision in the Ontario Court of Justice in Thunder Bay on Sept. 23, will pass sentence Oct. 27 at the Métis Hall on May Street there.
Call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free any time to report a natural resources violation or contact your local MNR office during regular business hours.
Or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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