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Abitibi guilty of cutting park trees

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A timber company that harvested part of a provincial park has been ordered to restore the area, including planting 1,000-1,500 trees.

Abitibi-Consolidated Inc. pleaded guilty to harvesting one hectare of Eagle Dogtooth Provincial Park, a new park east of Rushing River Provincial Park, about 25 km southeast of Kenora.

Instead of a fine, Abitibi will donate $2,000 to Friends of Rushing River Park, a non-profit organization that works with that park.

Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officers from Kenora District laid the charges after an MNR area technician, on a routine compliance check on July 25, found trees had been cut next to an area being harvested by Abitibi.

Court was told that Abitibi staff had wrongly marked the park boundary.

Justice of the Peace Marg Pasloski heard the case in Kenora on May 27.

The public is encouraged to help protect Ontario’s natural resources by reporting violations to their local MNR office or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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