Are all protected areas ecologically-unique?

Some people believe all protected lands are ecologically-unique and important.

The truth is a lot of protected land is basically the same as unprotected land.

Protected areas include:

  • clear cuts
  • pipeline corridors
  • former mines, quarries and pits
  • logging roads
  • and land that is natural but not extraordinary

The process for choosing protected lands was not perfect. Some protected areas are ecologically-unique. Others are just average, or have traditionally been economic lands.

Beautiful, natural lands are important, but so is creating jobs. So is growing the economy so our kids won’t have to move away for work, and so we can pay for programs like health and education.

We need to have a practical dialogue about protecting land and protecting jobs.

Tangier Grand Lake Wilderness Area clea cut

Tangier Grand Lake Wilderness Area clear cut and roads

Tangier Grand Lake Wilderness Area clear cut

Tangier Grand Lake Wilderness Area clear cut

Tangier Grand Lake Wilderness Area clear cut

Tangier Grand Lake Wilderness Area clear cut

Tangier Grand Lake Wilderness Area clear cut

St. Andrews River Wilderness Area clear cut and roads

St. Andrews River Wilderness Area clear cut and pipeline

St. Andrews River Wilderness Area logging road

Ship Harbour Long Lake clear cut

Ship Harbour Long Lake clear cut

Pipeline St. Andrews River Wilderness Area

Kelly’s Mountain aggregate deposit roads, Kluscap Wilderness Area (source: Google Earth)

Former pit St. Andrews River Wilderness Area

Five Mile River Wilderness Area clear cut

Five Mile River Wilderness Area clear cut

12 Mile Stream Wilderness Area clear cut

12 Mile Stream Wilderness Area clear cut

12 Mile Stream Wilderness Area clear cut

Toadfish Lakes Wilderness Area clear cut and road

Toadfish Lakes Wilderness Area clear cut