The Ontario Access Coalition was contacted by officials from the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) in early February 2011 regarding climbing development that has been occurring within the Kolapore Uplands Management Area known as the “Swamp”. OAC volunteers and MNR Officials met on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at the MNR offices in Owen Sound to discuss. After an open and honest dialogue, the MNR asked the OAC to share the following messaging with the climbing community.
“The Ministry of Natural Resources is aware of the activities at “the Swamp” and we have concerns regarding compliance issues and impacts to the local ecology. We are currently assessing the site to determine if the access route, the climbing routes and the use in general is compatible with the specifics of the site. MNR appreciates the efforts of OAC and the mandate you convey. We look forward to working with you.”
The OAC has provided MNR representatives with information regarding proven successful climbing management options that are available and currently in use at other areas in the province. Assessment of the site is needed as the MNR is required to protect identified species at risk and their habitats in Ontario under the 2007 Species At Risk Act. Climbers wishing to learn more about this Act and the mandate of the MNR should visit http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/Species/2ColumnSubPage/289031.html