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TIMELINE OF KEY ACTIVITIES OF FARABOUT PENINSULA COALITION

July 2008    

The local community on the north shore of Eagle Lake learned that a Forest Management Plan had recently been approved for the  construction of a road across the narrow isthmus and clearcut of blocks of trees on Farabout Peninsula.

Summer 2008             

The Farabout Peninsula Coalition was created with participation of Eagle Lake permanent and seasonal residents, tourist lodges, and local naturalists.

Summer 2008             

A series of petitions protesting the proposed clear-cut were sent to the Ontario Ministries of Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism.

August 2008              

Presentation to Machin Municipal Council detailing implications of the approved clear-cut on Farabout Peninsula. This included costs to local tourist businesses, costs to valuable and sensitive fish and wildlife habitat and costs associated with road repairs that would be the responsibility of residents and business taxpayers of Machin Municipality.

Summer/Fall 2008      

A media campaign led to articles in print media (The Dryden Observer and Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal), with interviews on CBC radio. 

May 2009                  

Ontario MNR promises no Phase I (2011-2016) or Phase II (2016-2021) will be allocated on the Peninsula   (i.e., no planned harvest areas for the first 10 years of the plan).

July 2009                   

Consultation with Chief and staff at Eagle Lake First Nation.

Summer 2009             

Experts on plant and bird biology from Thunder Bay Field Naturalists conducted surveys of flora and fauna on Farabout Peninsula, with ongoing assistance of local naturalists.

September 2009         

Exploration of Ontario Parks/Northwest Region designating Farabout Peninsula as protected under Eagle Lake Conservation Islands was initiated. This action was not encouraged by MNR as a productive avenue for protection of Farabout Peninsula.

June-September 2010

Secured a Baillie Fund Small Grant to complete a Farabout Peninsula Bird Inventory.

Summer 2010             

Experts on plant and bird biology from Thunder Bay Field Naturalists continued their field survey of flora and fauna on Farabout Peninsula, with ongoing assistance of local naturalists.

August 2010              

The Dryden Observer publishes feature article on activities of  the Farabout Peninsula Coalition.

Fall 2010                    

A Life Sciences Inventory of Farabout Peninsula was formally presented to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.

July/August 2011      

A special article on the Farabout Peninsula environmental initiative appeared in the Canadian magazine, The Cottager.

August 2011              

The Farabout Peninsula Coalition hosted a public presentation on special biological features of the peninsula at the Eagle River Recreation Centre (“More Than Just Trees”) attended by 70 people.

Spring 2012                

Coalition organized a protest involving 100 people in front of MP Rickford’s office to challenge Bill C-38 in which the federal government gutted existing environment protection laws.

Summer 2012             

Field activities continued to expand the Life Sciences Inventory  with special attention to important nesting sites (e.g., Canada warbler, red-necked grebe, bald eagle, etc.) and tracking communities of water birds on and around the isthmus and peninsula.

Summer 2012             

A media campaign was continued with print media in Dryden and Thunder Bay, with interviews on CBC radio

September 2012         

Beginning of consultations with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. 

July 2013                   

A tour of the west end of Farabout Peninsula was held for canoe and kayaker, followed by a presentation by the Coalition on the peninsula, and a dinner was hosted for participants at Evergreen Lodge (located adjacent to the peninsula on Littleneck Bay of Eagle Lake).

July 2013                   

The Dryden Observer contained a full article on the canoe/kayak tour of Farabout Peninsula.

September 2013         

Coalition submits a report to Northwest Region, Ontario MNR that provides scientific evidence, which supports the assertion that road  construction on the narrow isthmus leading to Farabout Peninsula will have a serious and enduring negative impact on fish spawning habitat. A formal request is made for a permanent prohibition of road construction on the isthmus to Farabout Peninsula.

November 2013         

Ontario MNR denied the Coalition’s request for a permanent restriction to road construction on the isthmus leading to Farabout Peninsula.

July 2014                   

Eagle Lake First Nation send letter to the Director, Northwest Region, MNRF to endorse the goals of the Farabout Coalition

August 2014              

A well attended kayak/canoe fund-raising event was held at North Shore Lodge. Twenty-eight watercraft participated and the evening fish-fry dinner was sold-out at 41 persons. Keynote speaker was Scott Jaeger, sports fishing lodge owner and professional guide, who spoke of the importance of Farabout Peninsula to Musky sports fishing on Eagle Lake.

August 2014              

The Coalition releases its “Eagle Lake Environmental Care Code” with distribution to Coalition members, lodge owners, and Eagle Lake residents.

August 2014

Eagle Lake First Nation writes to Minister Mauro, MNRF, protesting tentative plans to build a logging road across the isthmus leading to Farabout Peninsula.

August 2014              

The Coalition reports two important findings to MNRF: 1. Eagle nest on the isthmus to Farabout Peninsula is still active, and 2. The narrow parts of the isthmus are approximately 30 meters across, at high water, which would violate road requirements in MNRF’s Stand and Site Guide.

August 2014              

J. B. Harrison, General Manager of Dryden Forest Management Company sent written communication to the Coalition stating “it is extremely unlikely that DFMC will plan for any allocations on Farabout Peninsula in the 2021-2031 FMP”.

May 2015                  

Consultation with Krystyn Tully, Vice-President, Ontario Waterkeeper regarding  community action to protect Farabout Peninsula as a special environmental habitat.

August 2015              

A fundraising dinner was held at North Shore Lodge that was sold-out with 50 in attendance. Keynote speaker was environmental lawyer, J. McLean, who confirmed the importance of acting to protect Farabout Peninsula.

July/August 2016      

Regular meetings of members of the Coordinating Committee of  the Farabout Peninsula Coalition to discuss 2021-2031 FMP process.

August 2016              

Representatives of the Coalition meet with the new administrative team of Dryden Office of MNRF at the community hall at Eagle Lake First Nation.

July 2017

Members of the Coalition kayaked around the entire peninsula mapping the many sites on Farabout's rocky shoreline where kayakers can safely land and picnic, explore and stretch their legs.

July/August 2017      

Regular meetings of the Coordinating Committee of the Farabout Peninsula Coalition to discuss strategies of community action to prevent tree harvest on the Peninsula if included in 2021-31 FMP.

August 2017              

Representatives of the Coalition meet with the Resources Management Supervisor and Resource Liaison Specialist with the Dryden Office of MNRF at the community hall at Eagle Lake First Nation.

September 2017         

Resources Management Supervisor with the Dryden Office of MNRF toured the isthmus bridging to Farabout Peninsula and some nearby areas on the peninsula.

September 2017

Coalition members met with the local MPP to provide an update on Coalition activities.

November 2017         

Launched website providing an overview of the activities of the Coalition over the last decade: www.savefarabout.org

December 2017 to March 2018

Online petition with Leadnow.ca garnered 5,249 signatures opposing any future plans to log Farabout Peninsula.

March/April 2018      

Letters from Coalition to Ontario Ministries of Natural Resources and Forestry; Culture, Tourism, and Sport; Environment and Climate Change; and Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation, with copies of our online petition. We requested a permanent halt to the inclusion of Farabout Peninsula in any future Forest Management Plans.

June - August 2018   

The Coalition coordinated a formal archaeological exploration of the isthmus leading to Farabout Peninsula, which resulted in in two Borden registered protected sites on the isthmus leading to the peninsula.

July 2018                   

Meeting with Eagle Lake First Nation Band Council to present archaeological findings.

July 2018                  

Ontario Nature, a provincial organization representing 150 environmental groups, and 30,000 members, made a site visit to Farabout Peninsula and held meetings with the Coalition. The Coalition was granted membership in Ontario Nature.

September/October 2018  

Ontario Nature magazine published article detailing the efforts of the Farabout Coalition over the past decade.

October 2018

Kenora Region Campowners Association (KRCA) donated $5,000 to assist the Eagle Lake Farabout Peninsula Coalition.