Year Plan Unit Plan Status Public Participation Opportunities MNR Contact Industry Contact
2006 Shining Tree Stage Five
Final Plan Inspection 

The public is given the opportunity to inspect the plan that has been approved by the Ministry of Natural Resources; the review period is 30 days, and the plan is available for review in the offices of the Ministry of Natural Resources. The public may request an individual environmental assessment during the inspection period.

The MNR approved plan was available for inspection between January 18 and February 17 Timmins District (Gogama Area)
Gail Ballak
tel 705 894 3022
fax 705 894 2040
Paul Fantin
Timiskaming Forest Industry Alliance
tel 705 544 2828
fax 705 544 2921

The 2006-2026 forest management plan for the Timiskaming Forest will include the Shining Tree Forest Management Unit. Almalgamation of the units will be finalized upon completion of the forest management plan.

Last updated March 2006

Gogama  Local Citizens' Committee

Gogama Area office of the Ministry of Natural Resources

Shining Tree Inc.

Timiskaming Forest Industry Alliance Inc. (Local Sustainable Forest License Holder)
* Discussions are currently underway about the Timiskaming Forest Industry Alliance assuming management of the Shining Tree Management Unit

Auditing Reports
        Independent Forest Audit of the Shining Tree Forest (2001)(pdf)

Description of the Shining Tree Forest

Shining Tree Land Use Planning

Planning Documents - 2001 Forest Management Plan

Shining Tree Forest

The ShiningTree Forest Management Unit is located in the MNR's Northeast Region and is contained mainly within its Timmins Administrative District. The unit is comprised, in whole or in part, of 41 townships, which collectively comprise an area of 326,955 hectares. The original ShiningTree Crown Management Unit boundaries were established in 1976 and were modified in 1981 and 1990.

The forested landbase is licensed to ShiningTree Forest Inc. (STFI), through a Sustainable Forest License (542321). ShiningTree Forest Inc. has contracted Domtar Inc. to be the managing contractor for the ShiningTree Forest. Harvesting operations are conducted by the shareholders of ShiningTree Forest Inc. which include Grant Forest Products Corp., Donahue Forest Products Inc., Grant Lumber Division Domtar Inc., R. Fryer Forest Products Ltd., and Liskeard Lumber Ltd.

Less than one percent of the ShiningTree Forest is patented land. This forest provides conifer primarily for the Elk Lake Planing Mill, Domtar Inc. (Timmins) and Gogama Forest Products. Veneer quality poplar is supplied to Norbord Industries in Cochrane. Strandboard grade poplar is provided to the Grant Forest Products mills in Englehart and Timmins. While sawlog grade hardwood and white pine is processed by R. Fryer Forest Products in Albany.

The unit falls within the Boreal Forest Region. Supporting tree species are typical to the associated forest type and distribution pattern. Wildfire history has played an important role in the development of the forest age-class structure. The southern part of the forest falls within the transition zone between the Boreal Forest and the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Forest. Some species association with the latter zone can be found in scattered pockets.

No major population centres are found within the unit; however, the smaller communities of Gogama, Westree, Shining Tree and Morin Village are found within it. The Mattagami First Nation is located on the band reserve, which is in the northwest corner of the unit. The unit is accessed from Highway #560, which bisects the middle of the unit from east to west. The western boundary of the unit follows the Canadian National Railway line.

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

Shining Tree Land Use Planning

Timmins District Land Use Policies

Gogama District Land Use Guidelines (~1983)

Gogama District Map

Forest Management Planning Documents
2001 - 2021 Forest Management Plan

No Planning Documents are available through this web site to date.
Please check with MNR and / or the Sustainable Forest License Holder for 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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