A cabin owner illegally built a cabin within a conservation
reserve. The owner was charged. As part of plea negotiations, the
cabin owner proposes a substantial land exchange with the MNR: 40
hectares of new land for the 0.13 where the cabin now stands. MNR now plans to amend the conservation reserve
regulation to allow the swap, which will increase the protected
Provincially Significant Wetland.
Louck Lake Wetland Conservation Reserve is a
265 hectares (ha) conservation reserve located in central Ontario
about 50 km south of North Bay. It protects a large portion of the
Louck Lake Provincially Significant Wetland. Wetlands are extremely
important ecological features, severely threatened by rampant
An unauthorized cabin was built within the conservation reserve
on Lot 4, Concession 7, Laurier Township. As the occupation is
contrary to the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act,
2006, the cabin owner was charged with this offence.
As part of the legal negotiations, the presumably remorseful
cabin owner proposed a land exchange with the Ministry of Natural
Resources as part of his penalty. The exchange would transfer 40 ha
of his adjacent private property including 24 ha of provincially
significant wetland, to the Ministry in exchange for 0.13 ha of the
(now damaged) conservation reserve land on which the illegally
constructed cabin is located. Since approximately 60 per cent of
the 40 hectares of acquired lands contains provincially significant
wetland, this significant addition would further the protection of
provincially significant elements of Ontario’s natural
heritage and maintain ecological integrity consistent with the
Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, 2006.
The proposed Amendment to the Crown Land Use Policy Atlas in
order to facilitate a land exchange that will resolve an
unauthorized occupation within the Louck Lake Wetland Conservation
Reserve (C73) – Amendment #2012-010, is posted as EBR
Registry Number 011-8881. Public comments may be made.
It reminds me of a similar case in Bruce National Park, years
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