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. 

Tim Lehman
Area Forester
Ministry of Natural Resources
Field Services Division
Northeast Regional Office
Sudbury District Office
3767 69 Highway South 
Suite 5
Sudbury Ontario
P3G 1E7 
Phone: (705) 564-7875 
Fax: (705) 564-7879 
Doug Maki 
Vermilion Forest Management Company Ltd. 
311 Harrison Drive 
Sudbury, ON P3E 5E1 
(705) 560-6363

Additional Information is available online through Ontario's Environmental  Bill of Rights electronic registry.. EBR Posting at

Last updated February, 2008

Sudbury Forest Local Citizens Committee

Sudbury  District of the Ministry of Natural Resources

Auditing Reports
        Independent Forest Audit of the Sudbury Forest (2001)(pdf)

Description of the Sudbury Forest

District Land Use Planning

Sudbury Forest Management Planning Documents - 2005 Forest Management Plan

Sudbury Forest Description

The Sudbury Forest is bounded on the east by Lake Nipissing; on the west by the Town of Nairn Centre; on the south by the French River and Georgian Bay; and on the north by Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park. The City of Sudbury is roughly the geographical centre of the forest. Several major highways (17, 144 and 69) bisect the Sudbury Forest. The total area of the Sudbury Forest is approximately 10,850 square kilometres.

The Sudbury Forest is located in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Forest Region. The northern third of the Sudbury Forest is predominated by jack pine, black spruce, white birch and poplar. The remaining south-central portion contains a significant component of white and red pine. Lesser amounts of maple, yellow birch, white spruce, hemlock, cedar, larch, balsam fir, basswood, oak, white ash and black ash are also found.

The Sudbury Forest is the main supplier of softwood timber to mills located in Falconbridge, Chelmsford, Alban, Noelville, Hagar and Monetville. In addition, a significant amount of wood is directed to Goulard Lumber in Sturgeon Falls and the E.B. Eddy's mills in Nairn Centre and Espanola. Some hardwood species are shipped to mills in Englehart, Blind River, Mattawa and Huntsville.

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

Areas of concern are identified around known values such as canoe routes, stick nest, 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.

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

Land Use Planning Documents

SudburyDistrict Land Use Guidelines (pdf)

Sudbury 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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