Year Plan Unit Plan Status Public Participation Opportunities MNR Contact Industry Contact
2010 Smooth Rock Falls
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. 

As of February 2008 the Invitation to Participate had not yet been issued. It is expected to be issued shortly. 

Stephen Pearce
Planning Forester
Ministry of Natural Resources
Field Services Division
Northeast Regional Office
Cochrane District Office
2 Third Avenue
PO Box 730
Cochrane Ontario
P0L 1C0 
Phone: (705) 272-7196 
Craig Parsons, R.P.F. 
Plan Author 
Tembec Industries Inc. 
PO Box 1100 
Timmins, ON P4N 7H9 
Tel.: (705) 360-1266 
Fax: (705) 360-1279 

A posting on the Environmental Bill of Rights electronic registry provides additional information.

Last updated February, 2008

Cochrane Local Citizens' Committee

Cochrane District of the Ministry of Natural Resources

Auditing Reports
        Independent Forest Audit of the Smooth Rock Falls Forest (2000)(pdf)

Description of the Smooth Rock Falls Forest

District Land Use Planning

Smooth Rock Falls Forest Management Planning Documents - 2005 Forest Management Plan

Smooth Rock Falls Forest Description

The Smooth Rock Falls Forest is located in northeastern Ontario, in the southern portion of the Ministry of Natural Resources' (MNR) Cochrane District, in the ministry's Northeast Region. There are 30 townships in the forest management unit, which comprises an area of 502,096 hectares (ha). The majority of the unit is comprised of Crown land, with 358,666 ha classified as productive forest land and 122,861 ha classified as unproductive forest land. Approximately 24,939 ha of Crown land in the unit have been designated as protected areas, through their regulation or proposed regulation as provincial parks and conservation reserves. Patented land comprises 127 ha of the unit's land-base.

For the purpose of carrying out forest management activities in the Smooth Rock Falls Forest, MNR has issued Sustainable Forest Licence #541841 to Malette Inc. of Timmins. As part of its responsibilities, the licensee conducts forest management planning on the unit.

With respect to the geomorphology of the unit, it is principally comprised of weak to moderately broken outwash, and broken ground moraines that have spruce, jack pine, poplar/aspen and white birch growing atop them. Its flat topography is typical of much of the Clay Belt. The Smooth Rock Falls Forest is used for trapping, sport fishing, hunting and recreation, as well as aggregates extraction.

The forest supplies conifer logs to sawmills in Cochrane and Timmins that are operated by Tembec Industries Inc., poplar veneer logs to Norbord Industries Inc. of Cochrane, and poplar to Grant Forest Products' oriented strand-board mill in Timmins.

The unit's northern boundary extends south from the Hamlet of Fraserdale 130 kilometres (km) to MNR Cochrane District's southern boundary. It is 72 km across at its widest point. The Town of Smooth Rock Falls is in the middle of the unit. Two large rivers, the Mattagami and the Abitibi, transect the unit. Road access to the unit is via Highway #11 (Trans-Canada Hwy), which runs through Smooth Rock Falls; Hwy #634, between Fraserdale and Smooth Rock Falls; and, Hwy #655, between the City of Timmins and the Hamlet of Driftwood. The three southern townships are accessed by the Red Pine Road, which runs north from Timmins.

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

Land Use Planning Documents

Cochrane District Land Use Guidelines (pdf)

Cochrane DLUG Map

District Land Use Policies

Cochrane District

Cochrane Remote (Wilderness) Tourism Strategy (pdf)

Tourism Strategy Map

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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