Year Plan Unit Plan Status Public Participation Opportunities MNR Contact Industry Contact
2010 Algoma Wawa
Stage One

During this stage background information is collected, including information about fish and wildlife, natural and recreational values, parks and protected areas, tourism facilities, and other features on the forest management unit. 

Information submitted will be shared among the MNR, the forest industry, the Local Citizens Committee (LCC), and the planning team for the purpose of forest management planning.

The public is invited to share background information that should be considered during the plan's preparation.

The public is also invited to provide input into the development of a description of the desired future forest and the benefits the forest should provide into the future. 

Gary Raines
Management Forester
Ministry of Natural Resources
Field Services Division
Northeast Regional Office
Sault Ste. Marie District Office
64 Church Street
Sault Ste. Marie Ontario
P6A 3H3 
Phone: (705) 941-5122 
Fax: (705) 949-6450 
Tom Croswell, R.P.F. 
General Manager 
Clergue Forest Management Inc. 
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario P6B 4Y8 
Tel. (705) 942-7706 ext. 1 
Fax (705) 942-8798 
Additional information is available online at

Last updated February, 2008

Sault Ste. Marie  Local Citizens Committee

Wawa Local Citizens Committee

Sault Ste. Marie District of the Ministry of Natural Resources

Wawa District of the Ministry of Natural Resources

Auditing Reports
       Independent Forest Audit of the Algoma Forest (2001)(pdf)
      Independent Forest Audit of the Wawa Forest (2001)(pdf)

Description of the Algoma-Wawa Forest

District Land Use Planning

Algoma-Wawa Forest Management Planning Documents - 2005 Forest Management Plan

Wawa-Algoma Forest Description
Forest Description

The Algoma and Wawa Forests will be amalgamated April 1, 2005. This forest management plan is being written for the new Algoma Forest. For further information on this amalgamation please contact any of the contact people listed below.

The Algoma Forest is located in northeastern Ontario. Major communities in the unit are Sault Ste. Marie, Wawa, Echo Bay, and Bruce Mines. About 60% of the land base is Crown land.

The Algoma Forest is in the transition zone from the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Forest Region to the Boreal Forest Region. It includes a mix of forest types and conditions from rolling hills of sugar maple and yellow birch to rough coastal terrain covered by white birch with stands of spruce and jack pine in between. White pine is present throughout most of the eastern portion of the unit on productive, mixed sites. The forest supports tree species such as maple, birch, pine, spruce, and poplar. 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.

A number of mills receive wood from this forest unit. The principal firms include: St. Marys Paper Ltd.; Domtar Inc. - Sault Ste. Marie, White River, and Espanola; Weyerhaeuser Company Ltd. - Wawa; Midway Lumber Mills; and Columbia Forest Products/Levesque Division.

Over the past two decades, the focus of forest management operations in the area, which comprises the Algoma Forest, has expanded from meeting timber production objectives, to maintaining forest ecosystems and protecting natural heritage areas. With each subsequent forest management plan (FMP), more forest values have been identified and considered for protection. This continual review, assessment, and modification of the management practices is essential to ensure the sustainability of all forest resources.

(excerpted from public notice posted on the Environmental Bill of Rights Electronic registry)

Land Use Planning Documents

Sault Ste. Marie District Land Use Guidelines (pdf)

Sault Ste. Marie DLUG Map

Wawa District Land Use Guidelines (pdf)

Wawa DLUG Map

Land Use Policies

Sault Ste. Marie District Land Use Policies

Wawa District Land Use Policies

Forest Management Planning Documents

2005 - 2025 Forest Management Plan

No Planning Documents are available through this web site to date.
Please check with MNR for copies of planning documents, or to make an appointment to review planning information, including maps, harvesting and road plans, and public comments to date.

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