|Year||Plan Unit||Plan Status||Public Participation Opportunities||MNR Contact||Industry Contact|
|2010||Smooth Rock Falls||
INVITATION TO Participate
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
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.
Ministry of Natural Resources
Field Services Division
Northeast Regional Office
Cochrane District Office
2 Third Avenue
PO Box 730
Phone: (705) 272-7196
|Craig Parsons, R.P.F.
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,
Cochrane Local Citizens' Committee
District of the Ministry of Natural Resources
Independent Forest Audit of the Smooth Rock Falls Forest (2000)(pdf)
Description of the Smooth Rock Falls Forest
District Land Use Planning
Rock Falls Forest Management Planning Documents - 2005 Forest Management
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)
Cochrane District Land Use Guidelines (pdf)
District Land Use Policies
Cochrane Remote (Wilderness) Tourism Strategy (pdf)
Tourism Strategy Map
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.