Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Northeastern Ontario Forest Management Planning Forum

Welcome! This is a forum to exchange news, views, comments and information about forest management plans that are under development in northeastern Ontario. Please use it to share updates and insights about particular forest management plans, forest issues or concerns, or other related topics. We've created a "topic" for each of the forest management plans in the Northeast Region, with the idea that comments posted under each of those topics will help readers follow the conversation about each plan. If you would like to post a comment all you have to do is click on the post where you would like to comment, click on "post a comment", type your comment in the box, click on other or anonymous, type in your name if you wish, then do the word verification by typing the letters you see and finish off by clicking "publish your comment". If you would like us to post something for you, simply send us an email at forests@onlink.net with your comment and we will help you out. Thanks for your comments!!!

Sudbury Forest Management Plan 2010-2020

The Sudbury Forest is located in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Forest Region. The northern third of the Sudbury Forest is predominated by jack pine, black spruce, white birch and poplar. The remaining south-central portion contains a significant component of white and red pine. Lesser amounts of maple, yellow birch, white spruce, hemlock, cedar, larch, balsam fir, basswood, oak, white ash and black ash are also found.
The Sudbury Forest is the main supplier of softwood timber to mills located in Falconbridge, Chelmsford, Alban, Noelville, Hagar and Monetville. In addition, a significant amount of wood is directed to Goulard Lumber in Sturgeon Falls and the E.B. Eddy's mills in Nairn Centre and Espanola. Some hardwood species are shipped to mills in Englehart, Blind River, Mattawa and Huntsville.

Spanish Forest Management Plan 2010-2020

The Spanish Forest is located in the transition zone between the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Forest Region to the south and the Boreal Forest Region to the north. The dominant tree species on the forest are jack pine, black spruce, white birch and poplar. The south-central portion also contains a component of white and red pine with lesser amounts of maple, yellow birch, white spruce, cedar, larch, and balsam fir.
The Spanish Forest is the main supplier of softwood timber to Domtar Inc.'s Nairn Centre sawmill. The residual softwood chips from this operation are sent to E.B. Eddy's pulp and paper mill in Espanola. Sawmills in Timmins, Ostrom, Chapleau, Sault Ste. Marie and Thessalon also receive significant amounts of softwood timber from the Spanish Forest. Hardwood species are used mainly by Norbord's Cochrane veneer plant, and Grant's OSB (oriented strand board) plant in Englehart and Timmins. Hardwood is also supplied to mills in Sault Ste. Marie, Thessalon and Wawa. Several other mills receive smaller amounts of wood from the Spanish Forest.

Smooth Rock Falls Forest Management Plan 2010-2020

The geomorphology of the unit, it is principally comprised of weak to moderately broken outwash, and broken ground moraines that have spruce, jack pine, poplar/aspen and white birch growing atop them. Its flat topography is typical of much of the Clay Belt. The Smooth Rock Falls Forest is used for trapping, sport fishing, hunting and recreation, as well as aggregates extraction.
The forest supplies conifer logs to sawmills in Cochrane and Timmins that are operated by Tembec Industries Inc., poplar veneer logs to Norbord Industries Inc. of Cochrane, and poplar to Grant Forest Products' oriented strand-board mill in Timmins.

North Shore Forest Management Plan 2010-2020

Northshore Forest is situated primarily within the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence forest region. A transition to Boreal forest conditions can be seen in its northern limits. The forest supports tree species such as Red, White and Jack Pine, Spruce, Poplar, White Birch and Maple.
A number of mills receive wood from this forest unit. Major firms include St. Marys Paper Ltd., Domtar Forest Inc., Forestply Industries Inc., Midway Lumber Mills Ltd., and Birchland Veneer.

Iroquois Falls Forest Management Plan 2010-2020

The forested land base is licensed to Abitibi-Consolidated Inc. This unit supplies conifer, primarily to Abitibi-Consolidated Inc.'s paper mill at Iroquois Falls, and provides veneer-quality poplar to Norbord Industries in Cochrane. Strandboard grade poplar is provided to Grant Forest Products' mill in Englehart, while Tembec's Malette Division processes sawlog grade conifer in Cochrane. Timmins Forest Products' Tembec Division of Lasarre, Quebec have traditional harvesting operations on the unit. MNR has issued a number of fuelwood and personal use permits on the unit.
The unit lies within the Central Transition Section of the Boreal Forest Region with the southern portion within the Clay Belt.

Gordon Cosens Forest Management Plan 2010-2020

The Gordon Cosens Forest is located in the boreal forest region. Tree species common to this forest include, black spruce, trembling aspen, white spruce, balsam fir, jack pine, white birch and cedar with lesser amounts of tamarack, balsam poplar, red pine, and black ash.
The forest provides timber for the mills of Tembec - Spruce Falls Operations, which are located in Kapuskasing, and for mills in Timmins, Hearst, Opasatika and Englehart. Tembec Forest Resources Management (Kapuskasing), carries out Forest management planning on the management unit under the authority of the Spruce Falls Inc. sustainable forest licence.

Algoma Forest Management Plan 2010-2020

The Algoma Forest is in the transition zone from the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Forest Region to the Boreal Forest Region. Sugar maple, white birch, and black spruce are the most abundant species in the forest. White spruce, trembling aspen, balsam fir, yellow birch and jack pine are relatively common. Red pine, white pine, hemlock, cedar and larch are also present. A few isolated occurrences of other hardwoods, including black ash are also found.
Timber is harvested pursuant to an approved forest management plan. St. Marys Paper Ltd., Weyerhaeuser Company Ltd., Columbia Forest Products/Levesque Division, Midway Lumber Mills, Domtar Inc. have formed a business partnership to create Clergue Forest Management Inc. Under the terms of a sustainable forest licence issued by MNR, Clergue Forest Management Inc. is responsible for forest management on the unit.
The Algoma Forest Management Plan is currently in the beginning stages of the 2010-2020 plan preparation.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Romeo Malette Forest Management Plan 2009-2019

A forest management plan for the Romeo Malette Forest is under development, with approval anticipated April 1, 2009. An Invitation to Participate in the forest management planning process is expected to be issued February 1, 2007.
There was a contingency plan approved for 2007-2009.
The forest is entirely within the Timmins District and is comprised of approximately 622,000 hectares of boreal forest. Tembec holds the Sustainable Forest Licence for the Romeo Malette Forest.

Temagami Forest Management Plan 2009-2019

A forest management plan for the Temagami Forest is under development, with approval anticipated April 1, 2009. An Invitation to Participate in the forest management planning process is expected to be issued February 1, 2007

Nipissing Forest Management Plan 2009-2019

A forest management plan for the Nipissing Forest is under development, with approval anticipated April 1, 2009. An Invitation to Participate in the forest management planning process is expected to be issued February 1, 2007

Magpie Forest Management Plan 2009-2019

A forest management plan for the Magpie Forest is under development, with approval anticipated April 1, 2009. An Invitation to Participate in the forest management planning process was issued October 18, 2006.

Cochrane-Moose River Forest Management Plan 2008-2018

A forest management plan for the Cochrane-Moose River Forest is under development, with approval anticipated April 1, 2008. No announcement has been made about the public review of the proposed long term management direction (it had been expected for October 2006). A possible amalgamation with the Smooth Rock Falls Forest could result in a contingency plan for the Cochrane-Moose River Forest, for the period of 2008-2010.

Nighthawk Forest Management Plan 2008-2018

A forest management plan for the NighthawkForest is under development, with approval anticipated April 1, 2008. The public review of the proposed long term management direction for the Nighthawk Forest is expected to commence in January 2007 (delayed from October 2006)

White River Forest Management Plan 2008-2018

A forest management plan for the White River Forest is under development, with approval anticipated April 1, 2008. The public review of the proposed long term management direction for the White River Forest is expected to commence in early 2007 (delayed from October 2006)

Friday, September 09, 2005

Hearst Forest Management Plan 2007-2017

A forest management plan for the Hearst Forest is under development, with approval anticipated April 1, 2007.

Big Pic Forest Management Plan 2007-2017

A forest management plan for the Big Pic Forest is under development, with approval anticipated April 1, 2007.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Superior-Martel Forest Management Plan - 2006-2026

A forest management plan for the Superioir-Martel Forest is under development, with approval anticipated April 1, 2006. Information Centres were held July 21 with comments requested by the end of September. A draft plan is expected to be available for review in December.

Shining Tree - Timiskaming Forest Management Plan - 2006-2026

A forest management plan for the Shining Tree and Timiskaming Forests is under development, with approval anticipated April 1, 2006. Information Centres were held mid-April with comments requested by June 15. A draft plan is expected to be available for review mid- September.

Pineland Forest Management Plan - 2006-2026

A forest management plan for the Pineland Forest is under development, with approval anticipated April 1, 2006. Information Centres were held July 13-15 with comments requested by September 13. A draft plan is expected to be available for review in January 2006.