A Guide for Public Participants in the Forest Management Planning Process

Northwatchís Forest Project has worked with the Nipissing Forest Local Citizens Committee to develop a proto-type of a Handbook for Local Citizens Committees  providing advice and input into the forest management planning process for the Nipissing Forest.

A pdf version is available online now. (Click here for a pdf copy of the LCC Handbook). Some sections are also available on-line in a web version, and over the coming weeks, the complete Handbook will be available on-line in a section-by-section format for on-line reading.

A summary of the key steps in the forest management planning process, excerpted from the LCC Handbook, will be printed for broad distrubtion in the spring of 2008.


The objective was to create a single binder of material which will provide LCC members with an overview of the forest management planning process, an outline of their roles and responsibilities, and background material that will assist them in their work as an advisory committee to the forest management planning process. The LCC Handbook includes both material which is general to the planning process and information which is specific to the local forest and the Nipissing Forest Local Citizens Committee. In addition to working with the Nipissing Forest LCC, the Forest Project team received helpful advice and input from other forest management planning participants from across northeastern Ontario. A first draft was provided to the Nipissing Forest LCC in January 2007 and a second in March 2007. The Handbook was  presented to the Nipissing Forest Local Citizens Committee in September 2007.

If you are a member of a Local Citizens Committee providing advice to the Ministry of Natural Resource on forest management planning for your local forest, this handbook is for you! If you are interested in the forest management planning process, but sometimes overwhelmed by all the stages, the phases, the acronyms and the forestry phrases, this handbook should help!

This Local Citizens Committee (LCC) Handbook has been developed to provide an overview and a guide to the forest management planning system in Ontario for volunteers involved in the forest management planning process. There are a great number of other excellent resources available, and we've relied on many of them to develop this handbook. But not everyone has time to read the entire 400 page Forest Management Planning Manual, or sift through the dozens of guides and guidelines, or browse the many excellent web-sites available.

The goal of this handbook is to summarize all of that information into one easy-to-read bring-along-with-you reference book that provides all the essential information about the forest management planning process. For some, it will provide enough information to let them navigate the planning process and make their participation both more enjoyable and more effective. For others, it will provide a starting point and context for other reading and more detailed follow-up.

Forest management planning is the means to several ends, including approval and construction of roads to access forestry operations and the forestry operations themselves. Forestry operations include harvesting the trees and the forest regeneration work done after a logging operation. Regeneration work includes preparing a site for planting, tree planting, and then follow-up work such as thinning and tending, including any application of pesticides.

In Ontario, a public planning process brings the publicís values, concerns, experience and knowledge into the development of forest management plans. Through local advisory committees like the Nipissing Forest Local Citizens Committee, and through their individual participation, members of the public can make a difference to both the overall direction of a forest management plan, and on-the-ground details such as where, how, and if a particular area is to be harvested and what the follow-up will be.

This handbook is the first of its kind, developed as a prototype LCC handbook, in cooperation with and to support the Nipissing Forest Local Citizens Committee as they move through the planning process for the 2009-2029 Forest Management Plan for the Nipissing Forest.

Nipissing Forest Local Citizens Committee Handbook (pdf)

The handbook is also being placed on line in a web version. As sections become availalble, the links will be added to the Table of Contents below.

1.0 Introduction
1.1 The Local Citizens Committee Handbook
1.2 Forests, Forestry & Forest Management Planning
2.0 Local Citizens Committees
2.1 Introducing Local Citizens Committee
2.2 Profile of the Nipissing Forest Local Citizens Committee
2.3 Summary of LCC Roles and Responsibilities
2.4 Who Else Does What in Forest Management Planning?
3.0 The Forest Management Planning Process
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Developing a Forest Management Plan
3.3 The First Five Years: Phase I of the 10-year Forest Management Plan
3.4 Another Five Years: Phase II of a Ten-Year Forest Management Plan
3.5 Public Involvement
3.6 Aboriginal Involvement

Coming soon!

4.0 Plan Implementation
4.1 Overview
4.2 Summary of LCC Activities during Plan Implementation
4.3 Forest Management Plan Amendments
5.0 The Forests
5.1 The Nipissing Forest
5.2 The Nipissing Forest in Ontario's Forest Regions
5.3 History of the Nipissing Forest
5.4 Land Use Planning in the Nipissing Forest
6.0 Forestry 101
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Silviculture
6.3 The Forestry Cycle: Planning to harvest to planting to tending
6.4 Forest Inventories
6.5 Area of Concern Planning
6.6 Access
6.7 Key concepts
6.7.1 Natural Disturbance Pattern Emulation Guide (NPPEG)
6.7.2 Introducing a Course/Fine Filter Approach
6.7.3 Habitat and Wildlife
6.7.4 Forest Fragmentation, Connectivity, and Corridors
6.7.5 Old Growth
6.7.6 Forest Sustainability
7.0 A Closing Comment