The Temagami Management Unit (MU) is located in the MNRF Northeast Region and wholly within MNRF’s North Bay District.
The Temagami MU is centred on the Village of Temagami, which is approximately 100 kilometres north of the City of North Bay. To the north lies the Timiskaming 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, Harris, Hudson and Coleman Townships.
The Temagami MU lies at the boundary between the Boreal Forest and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Forest Regions, in climatic and vegetation zone known as the Boreal/Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Transition Forest. The northeastern most portion of the forest lies in the Little Clay Belt. As a transition forest, the MU supports a wide variety of vegetation. 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. 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 species include black ash, tamarack, elm and ironwood.
The Temagami MU extends over an area of 650,000 hectares. Ninety-four per cent of the MU 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 seven per cent 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 MU also includes part or all of seven regulated provincial parks and sixteen conservation reserves.
The Temagami MU lies partially within the area of interest of the Temagami First Nation (TFN), Teme-Agama Anishnabai (TAA) and Matachewan First Nation (MFN).
The TFN 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 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 MFN is situated at the northern extent of the Temagami MU. Traditionally the MFN occupied areas of the Temagami MU. This Forest has been used for their traditional harvests of medicines, building materials, food and other cultural uses. At this time MFN does not have a licence to harvest within the Temagami MU.
Mills which receive a significant amount of fibre from the Temagami MU include Georgia Pacific, Goulard Lumber and the Elk Lake Sawmill (owned by EACOM).
The anticipated dates the Temagami MU Forest Management Plan will be in effect are for the ten-year period between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2029.