Carl Bleich “A frame” cabin owner writes Forestry Recollections

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Sixty Years

200 LocalShort Stories 247 Local Photos


About the Author

Carl Bleich moved to Northwestern Ontario in 1972,
first employed by the community of Ear Falls. Following this, he worked for the
Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) in the Red Lake District, for ten years.

He held various positions, starting with junior
ranger foreman, parks worker, park warden, fire warden, auxiliary firefighter,
fire safety officer, crash fire rescue team leader and district safety officer.


He is well known in the region, where he lived off-grid
for seven years at Pakwash Lake. With a dog team or canoe, he commuted to work
at the park or to his vehicle.



Previous to working with MNR, and on winter breaks,
Carl published a small-town newspaper, the Ear Falls Echo and worked one winter
as a reporter /photographer for the Meaford Express. This led to an assignment
to write a history of Forestry Point in Red Lake, where the old buildings were
to be torn down and a new fire operation complex constructed.
That assignment turned into an eight-page tabloid,
published in 1986. After Carl’s retirement, in 2010, with unpublished stories
from Lands and Forests, he returned to this project. He interviewed close to
one hundred MNR employees. These stories expanded into this book, not just of
Forestry Point, but a variety of MNR jobs within the Red Lake District.
Carl married Mary Catherine Smith in 1977 and they
have two sons. Chris is a geologist and Erik is a singer, songwriter and

Please Join Carl at his book signing or let me know if you would like a signed copy when you come up fishing. I will have it waiting for you.

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