OTTAWA — The largest private land conservation project in Canadian history is unfolding in northern Ontario.
The company, Domtar, hasn’t harvested in the region for more than a decade and the land was attractive to the Nature Conservancy for its rich biodiversity.
The area is home to 100 lakes, 1,300 kilometres of rivers and streams and is a critical habitat for many of Canada’s most iconic species including black bears, wolves, moose and the endangered woodland caribou.
It is also a massive natural carbon sink, storing the equivalent of the lifetime emissions from three million vehicles.
The Nature Conservancy is now working on a property management plan to determine access to the wildlands for outdoor recreational use, but the conservation designation means no industrial development can take place on the site.
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