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: October 18, 2006
Stage Two - Review of Long Term Management Direction: October 10, 2007 – November 9, 2007
Stage Three - Review of Proposed Operations - Information Centre (February 27, 2008) - 60 day Review Period (February 27, 2008-April 26, 2008)
Stage Four - Review of Draft Plan - Information Centre (August 27, 2008) - 60 day Review Period (August 27, 2008 – October 25, 2008)
Stage Five - Public inspection of approved FMP: January 28, 2009 – February 27, 2009
An approved forest management plan is scheduled for implementation commencing April 1, 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 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 planning process for individuals to seek resolution of issues with the MNR Wawa District Manager or the Regional Director for Northeast Region 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, scheduled from January 28 to February 27, 2009, any person may make a written request to the Director of Environmental Assessment 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.