FOT’s role in forest management planning
Thursday, 17 July 2008 00:00
One of the most important roles that the Friends of Temagami plays in their efforts to protect and preserve Temagami’s vast network of historic canoe routes, is their role in forest management planning.

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources divides up the logging of crown land in the province into management units.  Temagami is divided into four separate units the Temagami Forest, the Timiskaming Forest, the Sudbury Forest, and the Nipissing Forest. The majority of Temagami’s famed canoe routes fall within the Temagami and Sudbury Forest Management Units.

The MNR requests input from the public when writing Forest Management Plans for these units.  Each Management Unit has a Local Citizens Committee, comprised of stakeholders who have a concern for how “their” forest is managed. From MNR website:

“Local citizens’ committees are appointed to assist in the process of preparing forest management plans across MNR’s forest management planning area. These committees are made up of people who live and work in the area or otherwise have a direct ‘local” interest in the plan. They influence the development of the plan by participating in meetings and discussions. The public is notified at various stages of plan development. They are provided with on-going opportunities for review, comment and input during forest management plan preparation and implementation.”

FOT board members Fran Boyes and Bob Olajos sit on the Temagami Forest Local Citizens Committee while Mike McIntosh and Viki Mather sit on the Sudbury Forest Local Citizens Committee.

These LCCs meet at least once a month to discuss issues affecting the forest.  Important issues like old growth forests, new roads, where and when logging will occur, wildlife habitat, and a myriad of other forest management issues are discussed.

Through these important consultation processes, and by working together with MNR staff, Friends of Temagami helps ensure sure that this unique network of interconnected canoe routes will remain for generations to come.