During the 1999 Land Use Strategies planning process, C1564 was proposed as a conservation reserve to represent diverse forest and wetland communities within a relatively large, undisturbed area in ecodistrict 3E-5. When the original analysis was completed, Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) private land information data layer did not detect the fact that most of the site was patent or private land.
In 2004, MNR embarked in a multi stakeholder, integrated, transparent planning process to identify and seek agreement on replacement protected areas. Over a 2 year planning process, facilitated by MNR NER Planning Unit, MNR met with individuals from the Partnership for Public Lands (PPL), Ontario Prospectors Association, First Nations, Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM) and the forest industry to share ‘GAP’ analysis results and explore options for replacement areas. As a result of this process the MNR is now proposing to drop C1564's interim protection, re-designate it to a general use area, and to propose the following proposed provincial park and conservation reserves additions as the replacement protected areas.
- C1594a - Grassy River Halliday Lake Forest and Lowlands Conservation Reserve Addition
- C1558a – Ivanhoe River Clay Plain Conservation Reserve Addition
- P1546a – Chapleau Nemegosenda River Provincial Park Addition
These additions require that portions of G1812 (Timmins District) and G1770 (Chapleau District) general use areas be re-designated to the appropriate provincial park or conservation reserve. The land use intent and management direction of the additions will be consistent with the corresponding protected area. These policies can be viewed on the Crown Land Use Policy Atlas Index (amendment number 2007-26). For some uses, the policy direction is different from the existing policies of the general use area. Most recreational activities (e.g. hiking, skiing, tourism related uses, hunting, and fishing) and small scale commercial activities (e.g. fur harvesting, commercial fishing and bait fishing) that have traditionally been permitted in the area will continue, provided that these uses do not impact on the natural features being protected.
Also, at this time, Grassy River Halliday Lake Forest and Lowlands Forest Reserve (F1594) will be re-designated to a recommended conservation reserve and added to the Grassy River Halliday Lake Conservation Reserve Addition (C1594a) consistent with the policy for forest reserves because the mining claims once located in the forest reserve have been forfeited through normal processes.
Amending the protected areas boundaries for the park and two conservation reserves is being planned as a Category B project under the Class EA for Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves. Public consultation associated with the land use amendment to amend the boundaries to include the additions will also meet the documentation and public consultation requirements under the Class EA for amending a boundary by regulation.
If the proposed amendments proceed, then a subsequent regulation change will be made for the following protected areas: C1594, C1558, and P1546.