Year Plan Unit Plan Status Public Participation Opportunities MNR Contact Industry Contact
2010 North Shore Forest
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. 

Margaret Carruthers
Area Forester
Ministry of Natural Resources
Field Services Division
Northeast Regional Office
Blind River Area Office
62 Queen Street
PO Box 190
Blind River Ontario
P0R 1B0 
Phone: (705) 356-3007 
Fax: (705) 356-7441
Norm Iles 
Management Forester 
Northshore Forest Inc. 
266 Main St. (Community Centre) 
Thessalon, ON. P0R 1L0 
Tel: (705) 842-0985 
Fax: (705) 842-0986 

A posting on the Environmental Bill of Rights electronic registry provides additional information. The link is:

Last updated February, 2008

Blind River Resource Management  Committee

Espanola Local Citizens Committee

Sault Ste. Marie District of the Ministry of Natural Resources

 Blind River Area Office of the Ministry of Natural Resources

Auditing Reports
        Independent Forest Audit of the North Shore Forest (2002)(pdf)
        Independent Forest Audit of the Spanish River Forest (2000)(pdf)

Description of the North Shore Forest

District Land Use Planning

North Shore Forest Management Planning Documents - 2005 Forest Management Plan

Domtar Map of the North Shore Forest

North Shore Forest - Forest Description

Northshore Forest Management Unit is located in Northeastern Ontario. Major communities within the unit are Thessalon, Iron Bridge, Blind River, Elliot Lake, Massey, Webwood and Espanola. Approximately 60% of the land base is Crown Land.

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.

Over the past two decades, the focus of the Northshore Forest management operations has expanded from meeting timber production objectives, to maintaining forest ecosystems and protecting natural heritage areas. With each subsequent forest management plan, 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

Blind River District Land Use Guidelines (pdf)

Blind River DLUG Map

Espanola District Land Use Guidelines (pdf)

Espanola DLUG Map

Land Use Policies

Sault Ste. Marie District Land Use Policies

Sudbury 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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