THUNDER BAY – Several trees have been cut down, and removed from Conservation areas such as Mission Marsh. “Conservation Areas are privately owned and maintained by the Lakehead Regional Conservation Authority. It is a misconception by some that Conservation Areas are Crown Land, but this is not the case,” explained Bill Bartley the Chair of the LRCA. “The Ministry of Natural Resources allows Ontario residents to harvest one Christmas tree per family each year from Crown Land north of the French and Matawa Rivers, continued Bartley.
“We just want to remind everyone that LRCA-owned properties are not crown land.
The LRCA notes that many of the trees which have been harvested from the Mission Island Marsh are trees which have been recently planted.
Residents are urged to refrain from harvesting Christmas trees from LRCA properties.