Oid-growth white and red pine provided timber for building the early towns and cities of eastern Canada and the Lake States.
Only a few scattered stands remain but fortunately, a superb, undisturbed old-growrh white pine forest occurs in northwestern Ontario. The old-growth forest is on Crown Land located within the Legacy Forest.
This reserve was originally identified in the mid 1970s by foresters with the Ministry of Natural Resources and with Great Lakes Forest Products (Bowater) as a forest area having potential value for research and forestry education.
This area was offically reserved in 1992 and was expanded in 1995 when 811 ha (2,000 ac.) was formally designated as a "Conservation Reserve".
An Advisory Committee to the Ministry of Natural Resources suggests policies and practices for this unique old-growth white pine forest.
This committee is composed of representatives form Lakehead University, the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists, the Ministry of Natural Resources, and Bowater Thunder Bay Woodlands Operation.
A guiding principle is that the forest remains undisturbed and will not be altered by research, educational, and recreational activities.
Appreciation is extended to the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation for grants in support of ecotourism development.