There is growing concern in Saskatchewan that the “Island Forests” will be clearcut.
The Island Forests are pockets of forests surrounded by farmland. There are more than 226,000 ha of Crown forest in the Island Forests in the Prince Albert Area. The Island Forests include the Nisbet, Fort-a-la-Corne, Canwood and Torch River provincial forests (see map of the Island Forests). These forests are close to communities and are used for many values, including timber.
Mushroom enthusiasts are particularly concerned about the old growth Torch River Forest area. They do not want to see this area harvested because of the mushrooms growing around the 140 year old jack pine trees, including chanterelle, pine, and morel mushrooms.