Logging road maintenance receives boost

The province has earmarked an additional $6 million this year for maintaining logging roads that are also used by rural commuters, tourists and emergency vehicles. Shuniah Mayor Wendy Landry was among those who lauded the bump-up on Wednesday, calling the extra funds "an investment in resilience, prosperity, and well-being for Northern Ontario." The original amount for 2024-2025 was $53 million, a Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry spokeswoman said. Forestry roads are "vital to Northern, rural and Indigenous communities, permitting safe travel" for business operations, tourism operators, and providing public access to outdoor recreation, a ministry backgrounder said on Wednesday.

Carl Clutchey, Local Journalism Initiative reporter, The Chronicle-Journal