Community Coalition Speaks out Against MNRF Policy Change

In response to new polices that will significantly impact northern and rural Ontario, a coalition of indigenous and municipal leaders, chambers of commerce, unions and the forest sector have come together to voice their concerns over “a lack of meaningful consultation by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF).”

Members of the Ontario Forestry Coalition have been working proactively with government over the last 18 months to develop new rules for species at risk, also known as “prescriptions”. The coalition feels that despite its best efforts and solutions offered by practitioners, the government “intends to rush unbalanced and potentially damaging policy through the approval process without consulting with indigenous communities or municipalities,” a media release says.