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AFA releases 2018-2019 harvesting schedule map


The Algonquin Forest Authority (AFA) has released its yearly harvesting schedule map. The map depicts locations through-out Algonquin Park where logging is to take place on a seasonal basis. The map also displays haulage routes, denoting where noise associated with haulage might occur.

Looking over the map, there is only one area of The Park where spring logging is to occur - Upper Cartier Lake area, on the east side, nowhere near any canoe routes. There are several haulage routes marked for spring use, for example;

• Bissett Rd Cabin to Otterpaw Lk area and down to Lake Traverse
• Number One Lake area
• North Branch Lake area & Basin Lake area
• Thomas Lake (SW of Lake Lavieille) down to Shirley Lake area
to the Hydro Line - Both directions - NE to the road coming
down from North Branch Lake & SW through
access#17 Shall Lake

There appears to be more logging than road building scheduled for the upcoming harvest season. Unfortunately, it appears the majority of the road building to occur is scheduled for the fall season - A prized time of the year for the seasoned paddler in locations that are very near to canoe routes; Manitou Lake area, Upper Kawa-Three Mile Lake area, and Cedar Lake area to name a few.

Summer logging operations along the Nipissing River are scheduled; North of Latour Creek and up to the vicinity of the Highview Cabin, past the area where the portage from the river upto where Nod Lake is. The portage not the lake.

There seems to be quite a bit of fall and winter logging versus summer and spring harvesting. I say, 'seems to be' as not all projects that are announced in the schedule of operations are carried out.
For more precise detail of scheduled logging and road building operations near your backcountry canoe route itinerary, I recommend contacting the AFA directly;

I use this map as a reference when I am planning canoe trips into Algonquin Park's interior. With careful planning one can draw up an itinerary to avoid noise that would be associated with logging and road building in Algonquin Park's backcountry.



Algonquin Forest Authority
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