Year Plan Unit Plan Status Public Participation Opportunities MNR Contact Industry Contact
2010 Sudbury
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. 

Paul Leale
Area Forester
Ministry of Natural Resources
Field Services Division
Northeast Regional Office
Espanola Area Office
148 Fleming Street
P.O. Box 1340
Espanola Ontario
P3E 1R8 
Phone: (705) 869-4946 
Fax: (705) 869-4620
Troy Anthony 
Domtar Inc. 
823 Birch Street South 
Timmins, ON P4N 7E3 
Tel.: (705) 267-1000 ext. 235

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

Last updated February, 2008

Spanish Forest Local Citizens Committee

Sudbury  District of the Ministry of Natural Resources

Espanola Area Office of the Ministry of Natural Resources

Auditing Reports
        Independent Forest Audit of the Upper and Lower Spanish Forest (2000)(pdf)

Description of the Spanish Forest

District Land Use Planning

Spanish Forest Management Planning Documents - 2005 Forest Management Plan

Domtar Map of the Spanish Forest

Spanish Forest Description

The Spanish Forest lies generally to the north and west of the City of Sudbury, northeast of the Town of Massey, east and southeast of the Town of Chapleau, and south and southwest of Gogama. Three communities - Cartier, Sultan and Biscotasing - are located within the area. Highway #144 bisects the eastern half of the unit as it runs north/south between Sudbury and Timmins. The total area of the Spanish Forest is approximately 12,950 square kilometres.

The Spanish Forest used to be administered as two separate forest management units, the Upper Spanish Forest and the Lower Spanish Forest. Effective April 1, 2000 these two units were amalgamated into a single forest management unit for planning efficiency. These areas have been managed under forest management agreements with E.B. Eddy Forest Products Ltd. since 1980.

The Spanish Forest is located in the transition zone between the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Forest Region to the south and the Boreal Forest Region to the north. The dominant tree species on the forest are jack pine, black spruce, white birch and poplar. The south-central portion also contains a component of white and red pine with lesser amounts of maple, yellow birch, white spruce, cedar, larch, and balsam fir.

The primary silvicultural system employed on this forest is the clear-cut system. The shelterwood and selection silvicultural systems are employed on the white pine and tolerant hardwood sites.

Areas of concern are identified around known values such as stick nests, critical fish habitat, moose calving areas. Within the areas of concern, prescriptions are implemented as described in applicable guidelines. These prescriptions may consist of reserves, modified operations and/or regular operations, including possible road and timing restrictions.

The Spanish Forest is the main supplier of softwood timber to Domtar Inc.'s Nairn Centre sawmill. The residual softwood chips from this operation are sent to E.B. Eddy's pulp and paper mill in Espanola. Sawmills in Timmins, Ostrom, Chapleau, Sault Ste. Marie and Thessalon also receive significant amounts of softwood timber from the Spanish Forest. Hardwood species are used mainly by Norbord's Cochrane veneer plant, and Grant's OSB (oriented strand board) plant in Englehart and Timmins. Hardwood is also supplied to mills in Sault Ste. Marie, Thessalon and Wawa. Several other mills receive smaller amounts of wood from the Spanish Forest.

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

Land Use Planning Documents

SudburyDistrict Land Use Guidelines (pdf)

Espanola District Land Use Guidelines (pdf)

Espanola DLUG Map

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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