To all outdoor enthusiasts, families and woodsmen,
For too long now we have operated independently in our own little worlds throughout Ontario, all the while, big brother(MNR) has public funding to fight us off and unfortunately they are located throughout Ontario with seemingly unlimited resources.
Most of us, avid outdoor people are tired of not being heard and the MNR systematically, making Crown Land harder and harder to access. Should we want to enjoy a family outing, go fish , hunt , pick berries, rocks or a number of other activities, MNR are putting up signs prohibiting motorized vehicles on thousands of kilometers of roadways and trails, and where they do not put up signs they remove culverts and bridges or berm the roadways making them impassible.
In many areas MNR do this to protect Remote Tourist Outfitters and their clients, from the people of Ontario, claiming it gives tourist a sense of remoteness, even if it is not remote and there happens to be a road running right through the area.
In other areas the Ministry claims they close the roads because of liability or safety concerns to the general public. Fortunately for us we all know the Ministry puts up signs, “use at your own risk” cannot be held liable for accidents on these forest roads.
The rational the Ministry uses, if the above as not accepted is they are protecting the fisheries, wild game or the environment. This rational should be without a doubt acceptable to all. And it would be acceptable if this rule applied to everyone. As in everything the MNR have found ways to make exceptions to these rules and allow;
- the Remote Tourist Outfitters and their guests or clients
- the fur trappers
- the bait trappers
- the loggers
- the prospectors
- the natives
- and othersinto these closed areas but not the average Ontario family.
What a mouthful, why should your family have to pay big $$$$ to have access to land that is owned by the people of Ontario, it is called Crown Land. This Crown Land is held in stewardship for us by Provincial employees who work for the Natural Resources Ministry. We deserve to have access to these roads, trails and lakes.
We at OntORA , are now striving to have as many clubs, groups, organizations and road base outfitters join our ranks in our fight to give everyone in Ontario free and equal access to our Crown Lands
Forest roads on public land should never be restricted to the citizens of Ontario. MNR must remove berms, gates, barricades, signs, or any other means the currently restricting the public from using these forest roads.
Many of these roads were partially paid by and maintained with tax payer money, up to 75 million annually. Another reason why we all must be allowed to use these roads.
All public lakes and public land would have equal access to all users. If for any reason a citizen of Ontario was to be restricted from lands and lakes, please ensure no other individual, Canadian or Non Canadian would have exclusive access to public lands and lakes.
We are looking to our elected leaders to no longer allow Ontario lakes and crown land to be treated as private game preserves.