Why are forests important to waterfront property owners, and all Ontarians?
Find out more on the ItTakesAForest website, an initiative of Forests Ontario.
44% of Ontario’s Crown forests are managed forests, and subject to the Crown Forest Sustainability Act, 1994. The purposes of this Act are “to provide for the sustainability of Crown forests and, in accordance with that objective, to manage Crown forests to meet social, economic and environmental needs of present and future generations.”
For your local area, you are encouraged to visit the Find a Forest Plan website, which includes all the approved and draft forest management plans (FMPs), approved annual work schedules in the province, and high resolution maps of operational areas.
Interested in more information about forest management planning, and how to get involved? See this brochure: Help Shape the Future of our Forests (PDF, 12 pages).
Forest management plans
Forestry activities include harvesting trees, building access roads and bridges, and replanting. Before any forestry activities can take place, a forest management plan must be in place. Ontario’s Crown forests are divided into 41 management units and cover many cottage communities.
See a current list of forest management units, including a map (on page 3)
As important stakeholders, waterfront residents and lake associations should understand the scope and context and timing for the forestry work that is planned for your cottage area. By providing your considerable local knowledge and perspective, associations and interested individuals can help make these plans better, and ensure that considerations important to local residents get reflected in these plans.
Forest Management Planning also has a formal role for a “Local Citizens Committee” (or LCC). The core responsibility of an LCC is to provide advice during the development and implementation of the local forest management plan.
See this backgrounder on LCC’s, from the Nipissing Forest Local Citizens Committee.
Lake Associations in Action!
The Jack Lake Association, a FOCA member group located near Apsley, contributed significantly towards improving their local forestry plan.
Learn more from their recent web posting: Logging Update 2015. (PDF 2 pages)
Congratulations JLA, for your diligent and meaningful input to the plans being developed by the Bancroft Minden Forest Company!