This proposal is considered to be a proposal for an instrument under the EBR; however, it is not prescribed by Ontario Regulation 681/94 as a classified proposal for purposes of the EBR. Therefore, the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) is not required to post this proposal on the Environmental Registry.
MNR is voluntarily posting this Notice on the Environmental Registry for information purposes to advise interested parties of the formal public consultation opportunities for this proposal in accordance with the requirements of the Forest Management Planning Manual (FMPM). To participate in that consultation process, the public is invited to submit comments to the contact person identified in this notice.
No formal comment period is established under the EBR through this notice.
The Temagami Crown Management Unit (CMU) is located in the Ministry of Natural Resources' (MNR) Northeast Region and wholly within MNR’s North Bay District.
The Temagami CMU is centred on the Village of Temagami, which is approximately 100 kilometres north of the City of North Bay. To the north lies the Elk Lake and Temiskaming Forest, while the Sudbury and Nipissing Forests are located to the west and south respectively. Lake Temiskaming and the Province of Quebec are located to the east. Municipalities located within the management unit include Temagami, Temiskaming Shores, Latchford, Cobalt and Harris, Hudson and Coleman Townships.
The Temagami Forest lies within the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Forest Region of Canada (Rowe 1972). The unique characteristics of the Temagami Forest are a result of it geographic location at the northern boundary of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence and the southern boundary of the Boreal mixed wood forest regions of Ontario.
It is in Site Region and District 4E-4. The north easternmost portion of the forest lies in the Little Clay Belt, which is part of Site District 4E-5. The CMU supports a wide variety of vegetation associations. Much of the forest is comprised of mixed stands of white birch, poplar, white and black spruce, balsam fir, white and red pine, white cedar and jack pine. Relatively pure stands of these species are less common throughout the unit. In the southern part of the unit tolerant hardwoods also comprise a significant portion of the forest. These areas are dominated by hard and soft maple, and also contain yellow birch and red oak. Other incidental species present in varying amounts include black ash, tamarack, hemlock, elm and ironwood.
The Temagami Forest extends over an area of 650,000 hectares. Ninety-four (94) percent of the CMU is Crown land. However, only 2/3 of the Crown productive forest is available for forest management purposes. The remaining 1/3 is found in regulated provincial parks, conservation reserves or other ‘no forestry’ land use zones and ‘no-cut’ areas of concern reserves. Private land comprises 7 percent of the total area of the forest and is concentrated in the northeast part of the area. Private land in the Temagami Forest contributes minimally to the overall wood supply in the management unit. The forest in the northeastern part of the management unit was cleared in the past for agricultural purposes. The Temagami Forest also includes part or all of seven regulated provincial parks; in addition, the Temagami Forest includes part or all of 16 conservation reserves.
The Temagami Forest is the homeland of the Temagami First Nation and the Teme-Agama Anishnabai and lies partially within the area of interest of the Matachewan First Nation.
The Temagami First Nation homeland is known as the Daki Menan and is approximately 10, 000 square kilometres in size and is bordered by Marten River in the south, Elk Lake to the north, the Montreal River in the east, and the Sturgeon River to the west. Research has confirmed the presence of the Temagami First Nation (TFN) on Daki Menan lands for at least 6,000 years and the forests have met the material, cultural, and spiritual needs of the Daki Menan people. The Matachewan First Nation is situated at the northern extent of the Temagami Crown Forest Unit. Traditionally the Matachewan First Nation occupied areas of the Temagami Forest and have used this forest for their traditional harvests of medicines, building materials, food and other cultural uses. At this time Matachewan First Nation does not have a license to harvest within the Temagami Forest.
A number of mills receive wood fibre from the Temagami Forest, but none of them are entirely dependant on the unit for their timber supplies. Mills which receive fibre from the Temagami Forest include Grant Forest Products, Goulard Lumber, Elk Lake Planning Mill (co-owned by Domtar Inc. and Liskeard Lumber Ltd.), Tembec mills in Mattawa, Kenogami and Temiskaming, Northern Pressure-Treated Wood Ltd, Columbia Forest Products, Norbord Industries, and Temagami Cedar.
The Temagami CMU FMP will be in effect for the 10-year period between April 1, 2009 and March 31, 2019, consisting of two 5-year planning phases for forest operations. The first phase is from April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2014 and the second from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2019.
To advise the public that the forest management plan covering forest management activities for the Temagami CMU for the period April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2019 has been prepared. The plan was prepared in accordance with the Crown Forest Sustainability Act (1994) (CFSA), the Forest Management Planning Manual (FMPM) for Ontario’s Crown Forests (2004), and the terms and conditions of the Class Environmental Assessment for the Timber Management on Crown Land in Ontario, as extended and amended by MNR’s Class Environmental Approval for Forest Management on Crown Lands in Ontario (MNR-71).
A forest management plan is required to comply with the provisions of the FMPM. The forest management plan will provide for the sustainability of the Crown forest on the management unit, and will outline the long-term strategic direction and objectives for the management related to:
sustainability of the forest resource;
social and economic matters (including timber harvest levels);
the provision of forest cover for those values which are dependent on forest cover; and
MNR has approved the Temagami FMP. The following forest operations have been planned to occur across the management unit for the next two five year terms of the plan.
- Ten year planned harvest area projected: 28,746 ha
- Total site preparation area forecast projected: 5,780 ha
- Total renewal area forecast projected: Natural – 16,810 ha, Artificial Regeneration – 7,200 ha
- Total tending area forecast: 14,400 ha
- There are 0.0 km of primary roads planned for construction and 44.0 km of branch roads planned for construction, over the ten-year term.
Information about the forest management planning process, proposed forest operations, information which was used in the preparation of the plan, and background information about the management unit can be reviewed during normal office hours at the Ministry of Natural Resources North Bay District office. Appointments for viewing are strongly recommended. Information may also be viewed during non-business hours by making an appointment with the contact person listed in this notice.
The Ministry of Natural Resources is collecting comments and information regarding this forest management plan under authority of the Crown Forest Sustainability Act to assist in making decisions and determining future public consultation needs. Comments and opinions will be kept on file for use during the operating term of the forest management plan and may be included in study documentation which is made available for public review.
Under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, personal information will remain confidential unless prior consent is obtained. However, this information may be used by the Ministry of Natural Resources as public input on other resource management surveys and projects. For further information regarding this Act, please contact Rob Baker, Plan Author, MNR North Bay District, at (705) 475-5524.
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.
The following is a summary of the public consultation:
Stage One - Invitation to Participate: February 28, 2007
Stage Two – Review of Long Term Management Direction: January 18, 2008.
Stage Three – Information Centres – Review of Proposed Operations: April 15, 2008
Stage Four – Information Centres – Review of Draft Plan: September 5, 2008- November 3, 2008
Stage Five - Public inspection of approved FMP: March 4, 2009 – April 2, 2009
An approved forest management plan is scheduled for implementation commencing April 3, 2009.
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 submission, 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 was an opportunity during the forest management planning process to seek resolution of issues with the MNR District Manager or the MNR Regional Director 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, commencing on March 4, 2009 and ending on April 2, 2009, 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.