THE PAS – A paper mill that’s closing down in The Pas is required to shut down the logging roads.
That’s according to the Manitoba Chapter of the Wilderness Committee.
Tolko industries announced earlier this week it’s shutting down the plant, leaving over 300 people out of work.
Eric Reder, Champaign Chair with the committee, says Tolko must decommission the roads under its environment license.
“I don’t believe that they are going to be able to wipeout all of these roads. But key water crossings and figuring out which ones will restrict access and figuring out which roads do go through Woodland Caribou habit, which is a protected species, and which ones will affect the moose populations, which is so critical to people in the north.”
Reder estimates there’s roughly 2000 km of logging roads in northern Manitoba and says Tolko’s logging license covers one-fifth of Manitoba’s forest.
Reder also wants communities affected by the closure to be given first crack at any decommissioning work.