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Keep Algonquin's Roots Grounded

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Timber! There goes another one of Algonquin’s towering pines. My name is Thomas Sheldon. I am an eleven year old, Grade 5 student who is passionate about nature. That is why I created my blog,Thomas’s Tree Tribe. To learn more about my interest in saving the environment visit my blog at

I have now set my next goal to stop logging in Algonquin Park. My family and I camp in Algonquin and enjoy going on hikes on the many nature trails. Last fall we could not go on the trail we wanted to because of logging around the trail. I found it disappointing that there was logging in a provincial park. There are about 8,000 kilometres of logging roads used for logging in Algonquin Park. These roads allow access to areas of the park where the public is not allowed which increases hunting and fishing in areas with endangered species. About 135,000 hectares are designated as a harvest area for 2010- 2020 period. That’s a lot of trees!

Trees are extremely important for changing harmful gasses into oxygen. With climate change being such a huge concern, we need as many trees as possible. One large tree can supply enough oxygen for four people. Also we need to remember that as the Carolinian conservationist Jarmo Jalava states, “Parks are for nature, and for people to enjoy and learn about nature, not for making money.”

You,too, can help stop the destruction of the Algonquin forests.

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