The Pic River Forest will be formed from the current Pic River Ojibway Forest (Northwest MNR) and Black River Forest (Northeast MNR) through an amalgamation process. The Wawa District has taken the lead role for the development of the forest management plan while administration of forest management activities for each of the areas will stay with the original Districts. The Pic River Forest is formed from the current Pic River Ojibway Forest (Northwest MNR) and Black River Forest (Northeast MNR) through an amalgamation process.
Of the over 490,000 hectares in this forest, just over 420,000 hectares are considered productive forest lands. These productive forest lands can be found in Hill’s site region 3W which is entirely within the Boreal Forest Region of Ontario. Predominant tree species found in this area include jack pine, black spruce, poplar, white spruce, white birch and balsam fir with smaller amounts of cedar and larch found intermittently throughout the forest.
The forest is managed under the authority of a Sustainable Forest License, which is managed by Green Forest Management Inc., on behalf of BDO Canada Ltd., as Receiver of Great West Timber Ltd., Licence # 542002. As such, the responsibility of forest management planning is held by Green Forest Management Inc. in consultation with the MNR and the general public. Green Forest Management Inc. is also responsible for most of the forestry activities in the Pic River Forest including harvesting, road construction, renewal, and tending. For the area of the forest residing in the Nipigon District, Green Forest Management Inc. shares the responsibility of forest management activities with two other parties through a business partnership arrangement. These two parties are the Pic River Development Corporation and Ken Dooley & Son Logging Inc.
The Pic River Forest has provided wood fibre to the following mill facilities: Dubreuil Forest Products Limited in Dubreuilville, Terrace Bay Pulp Inc. in Terrace Bay, Fort James Marathon Limited in Marathon, Weyerhaeuser Company Limited in Wawa, and Long Lake Forest Products Inc. in Longlac. Smaller amounts of fibre have been delivered to other mills in Ontario via trades, sales, and business-to-business negotiations. With the start-up of the AV Terrace Bay Pulp, the conifer species from this forest has been be directed to this mill.
Communities within, or in close proximity to this forest, include Schreiber, Terrace Bay, Marathon, Heron Bay, Manitouwadge, Hills Port, and Caramat. There is an MNR office located in Terrace Bay and Manitouwadge with the office of the Sustainable Forest Licence Holder being located in Thunder Bay.
The dates the plan will be in effect are for the ten-year period from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2023, and with respect to forest operations, for the five-year term of April 1, 2013 until March 31, 2018.