Water conditions good in the Nickel Belt and Clay Belt

Written by Mark Koneff
Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mark KoneffToday we moved into the boreal forest north of Lake Huron, a region known as the Nickel Belt because of the important ore deposits found there.  This survey stratum extends north and east through the boreal forest and into the Clay Belt, an area of agricultural production on the Ontario-Quebec Border. Winter and spring precipitation in the Nickel and Clay Belts was average and wetlands throughout most of this area have been observed to be in good condition.  We are presently in Kapuskasing, Ontario (which is about 130 nautical miles from the southern shore of James Bay) waiting on weather to clear so we can resume the survey.

We have 3 survey days to complete the boreal forest of east-central Ontario and then will begin surveying the James Bay Lowlands. The Lowlands to the south and west of James Bay are slowly thawing and timing should be good to move into that region after we’ve completed lines to the south.  The Hudson Bay Lowlands of far northern Ontario are still locked in snow and ice and we will await some consistent southerly air flows to thaw that region before moving to Peawanuck, Ontario to complete the survey.

Boreal lake. Credit: G. Zimmerman (USFWS).

Lake Superior east shore. Credit:  M. Koneff (USFWS).

Boreal stream with Larch stand in the foreground.  Credit:  G. Zimmerman (USFWS).

Boreal wetland. Credit: G. Zimmerman (USFWS).

Boreal lake.  Credit: G. Zimmerman (USFWS).