In accordance with the provisions of the FMPM, formal public consultation is planned to occur at five stages during the preparation, review and approval of this plan. The FMPM sets out that direct written notice is required to be given to certain individuals and organizations at each stage of the planning process; individuals and organizations may request to be added to this list, which is updated at each stage. Public notice is given through advertisements in local newspapers and mail outs.
The following is a summary of the public consultation:
Stage One – Invitation to Participate: January 9, 2009
Stage Two – Review of Long Term Management Direction: March 10, 2010 – April 8, 2010
Stage Three – Information Centre – Review of Proposed Operations: May 26, 2010 – July 25, 2010
There are two other formal public consultation opportunities tentatively scheduled as follows:
Stage Four – Information Centre – Review of Draft Plan: October, 2010
Stage Five – Public inspection of approved FMP: February, 2011
An approved forest management plan is scheduled for implementation commencing April 1, 2011.
All comments and submissions received for Stages One to Four will be considered as part of the decision-making by the ministry. Under the public consultation provisions of the FMPM, a written response will be provided to all written comments and submissions, and upon request, to all verbal comments. All comments and submissions will become part of the public record. Stage Five is an inspection period only. No comments are being sought at that stage.
There is an opportunity during the forest management planning process to seek resolution of issues in accordance with the process described in Part A, Section 3.4.1 of the Forest Management Planning Manual (2004).
During the 30-day inspection period, tentatively commencing February 2011 and ending March 2011 any person may make a written request to the Director of Environmental Assessment and Approvals Branch, Ministry of the Environment, for an individual environmental assessment of specific proposed forest management activities in the forest management plan. A response to a request for an individual environmental assessment will normally be provided after the completion of the 30-day inspection period.