Although I’m not a fan of banning everything for our own good, this makes me smile. I’d have preferred if they just levied an environmental impact fee on buyers, but hey.
There’s a good writeup CPAWs site about how our Boreal forests are going to be given a bit more protection when industrial development decisions get made. With any new policy or announcement that involves big business and the environment, I’m always a bit skeptical, but this seems like a great start.
Continued conservation of Boreal forests in Ontario means that the species that call it their native habitat have a better chance at surviving, and the hunting and fishing that goes on in those areas can be tailored to control the population to make sure the local species are not over-harvested, or grow in population too large for the land to support. More land means more flexibility for threatened species such as the Woodland Caribou, Lake Sturgeon, and Polar Bear – species that are also considered at risk in other areas of Canada.