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Adventure canoeists to present Ontario Boreal wilderness conservation message at Toronto Symposium

  • Published on Feb 01 2007 |
  • This article is tagged as: boreal-forest

Two Canadian adventurers who undertook arduous canoe trips through Ontario’s northern Boreal forest last summer will be present their experiences to about 600 other extreme canoeists at the Wilderness Canoe Symposium on February 3rd at Monarch Park Collegiate in Toronto.

Jay Morrison paddled solo 3,000 kilometres between April and August 2006 starting at Les Escoumins at the Gulf of St Lawrence and ending in Lake Winnipeg as a personal challenge and a quest to promote Boreal wilderness conservation. Evan Ferrari paddled 700 kilometres, retracing an old fur traders’ route from Lake Superior to James Bay last July in an attempt to understand the plight of Ontario’s endangered woodland caribou.

Says Ferrari, “The best way to stop caribou extinction is by creating protected areas large enough to sustain healthy populations of Caribou in Ontario’s boreal forest and keep logging out of caribou habitat.  Few people in southern Ontario are aware that this slow motion extinction could happen in our children’s lifetime.”

Ferrari traveled up the Michipicoten River and then down the Missinaibi/Moose River system.

Morrison paddled the St Lawrence, battling late snow and winds, to the Ottawa River then inland and over the northern waters of Lake Superior until he reached Fort Frances and then onward towards Lake Winnipeg.

Ferrari is the Director of the Parks and Protected Areas Program at the CPAWS-Wildlands League and Morrison is a board member of the CPAWS Ottawa-Valley Chapter. Both will be talking about the link between their adventures and the imperative to protect our remaining northern Boreal wilderness.

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For interviews, please contact:
Evan Ferrari – (416) 971-9453 xt 43
Jay Morrison -- (905) 820-0226

http://www.cpaws.org/canoe/about/paddler.php
www.cariboutheuntoldstory.org

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