In accordance with the provisions of the Forest Management Planning Manual, formal public consultation and First Nation and Métis community involvement and consultation is planned to occur at five stages during the preparation, review and approval of this plan. The Forest Management Planning Manual 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. Media notice is also given through advertisements in local newspapers.
The following is a summary of the public consultation and First Nation and Métis community involvement and consultation:
Stage One - Invitation to Participate: September 26, 2017
There are four other formal public consultation, and First Nation and Métis community involvement and consultation opportunities tentatively scheduled as follows:
Stage Two - Review of Long Term Management Direction: August, 2018
Stage Three - Information Centre - Review of Proposed Operations: December, 2018
Stage Four - Information Centre - Review of Draft Forest Management Plan: June, 2018
Stage Five - Inspection of MNRF - Approved Forest Management Plan: October, 2019
An approved forest management plan is scheduled for implementation commencing April 1, 2020.
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 and First Nation and Métis involvement and consultation provisions of the FMPM, a written response will be provided to all written comments and submission, and upon request, to all verbal comments received that relate to the Long-Term Management Direction or Proposed Operations.. 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 2.4.1 of the Forest Management Planning Manual (2017).
During the 30-day inspection period, you may make a written request to the Director of Environmental Approvals Branch, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, (MOECC), 1st Floor, 135 St. Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M4V 1P5 for an individual environmental assessment of specific planned operations in the MNRF - approved forest management plan, in accordance with the process described in Part A. Section 2.4.2 of the Forest Management Planning Manual (2017).
Information about Forest Management Planning in Ontario is available at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/forest-management-planning