Further to stories published by SaultOnline.com last month concerning the MNRF’s decision to shut down several area campsites, Algoma and Manitouling MPP Mike Mantha plans another sit down meeting to avert the final decision.
Tenants of Ranger Lake Campground, Lawrence Lake Campground, Garden Lake Campground and Tunnel Lake Campground have been informed by the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry (MNRF) that all campers must vacate the campsites that many of them have been using for many years. They have to have all of their belongings and equipment removed by May 31, 2017. MNRF has informed the campground operators and tenants that due to violations of the land use permits terms and conditions, the Crown land is being reclaimed and returned to its natural condition.
“Utilizing, managing and enjoying our precious resources with respect and the future in mind is of the utmost importance. The campground users and I plan to come to the table to listen and discuss solutions. We look forward to working with the MNRF and MOECC as partners in deriving a satisfactory plan to address all concerns. said Michael Mantha, MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin
In an effort to avert this move, MPP Michal Mantha will be meeting with officials from the MNRF and Ministry of the Environment & Climate Change (MOECC) as well as representatives from each of the campgrounds listed. The meeting will take place at the MOECC office in the Roberta Bondar Centre in Sault Ste. Marie on Friday March 3rd at 9:30 a.m.