|Wolf Lake Temagami|
|Written by David Masters|
|Saturday, 01 September 2012 14:56|
It seems that in our society today, if we want to protect our wilderness from the exploitation of its resources, we feel the desire to share it with as many people as possible to sing it's beauty. We do this through word of mouth, media, and social networking sites. I've heard the argument many times before, "if we don't use it, we'll lose it". The saddening part of this is, that the more we "advertise" an area, canoe route, hiking trail, point of interest, it seems to quickly fall prey to an onslaught of thousands of revelers who want to see it for themselves. What tends to happen is that the area needing our protection, gets abused and overrun by revellers who in their own right want to do the right thing.
This is the case, as I see it, with Wolf Lake in Temagami. I can't tell you how saddened I was when I drove north this past weekend with clients, for a canoe trip to a place which I've visited dozens of times over the years. On the drive into the boat launch, the massive amounts of logging that have been taking place recently, has stripped the land of all of its precious energy and life. Granted, when you further your drive and arrive to put your canoe on the water, the "view" from here is still magnificent and untouched. After paddling down the lake, we arrived at our portage, I thought I would try my luck at the second only barefoot portage I've done. Truly wanting to "feel" the land beneath my feet. Getting to the end of the second portage, yet again my eyes were filled with sadness and my heart filled with anger. Fire pits, charred wood, beer cans, tampons, toilet paper, water bottles, human waste, broken glass...the list goes on. Even when we arrived for a shore lunch on Wolf Lake there was a beer can floating by shore. All of us, including clients, young children, and guides, dawned rubber gloves and cleaned up all we could see. This involved moving or destroying fire pits, and the removal of almost a full barrel of garbage.
I feel that when we want to protect something, we need not just look at the area in which we feel needs to be protected, but we need to look a little closer to home. What good is Wolf Lake as a protected area, if all the forest and land around it is destroyed. Just drive south from Temagami and feel the energy change when you arrive back into the city. It's because the natural energy has shifted and we've lost touch with nature. That's why we drive all the way to Wolf Lake...to see what the wilderness use to look like.
We all need to work together to protect what lays right beneath our feet in our own backyards, or all we'll be left standing on is a small piece of protected land surrounded by destruction.
|Last Updated on Saturday, 01 September 2012 14:59|