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: December 10, 2007
Stage Two – Review of the Proposed Long Term Management Direction: October 14, 2008 to November 12, 2008
Stage Three – Information Centre – Review of Proposed Operations: February 24, 2009 to April 24, 2009
Stage Four – Information Centre – Review of Draft Plan: August 11, 2009 to October 13, 2009
Stage Five – Public inspection of approved FMP: December 17, 2009 to January 16, 2010
An approved forest management plan is scheduled for implementation commencing April 1, 2010.
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 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 December 17, 2009 and ending January 16, 2010, 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.