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Input sought from Sagamok for new 10 year Forest Management Plans
Posted: May 29, 2018


Input sought from Sagamok for new 10 year Forest Management Plans         

Robert Porter, Sagamok Anishnawbek News


The Spanish Forest is located in north-Central Ontario (Figure 1). Its southeastern border is approximately 40 km northwest of the city of Sudbury, and it occupies approximately 1.2 million ha of land in the midst of a triangle formed by Timmins, Elliot Lake and Sudbury.  Main vehicular access to the Forest is provided by Highway 144 which runs between Timmins and Sudbury, through Gogama.

Approximately 89% (1.09 million ha) of the total area encompassed by the Forest is designated as Crown managed land. Most of the remainder is in protected areas or privately owned land. Approximately 91% of the Crown managed areas are classified as productive forest.

The Spanish Forest spans the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence – Boreal forest transition, and has distinct elements of both forest regions, although the boreal comprises a greater portion of the Forest.

The northern portion of the Forest is dominated by boreal tree species such as jack pine, trembling aspen, white birch, black spruce, and white spruce.

The very southern portion of the Forest includes areas dominated by red and white pine and some concentrations of tolerant hardwoods.

The Forest has a notable age-class distribution that describes a relative lack of Crown-managed land area that is middle-age (40-80 years) and a relative abundance of young (1-20 years) and old (80+ years) forest.  This can be attributed to more effective fire suppression beginning in the 1950s and the more intensive renewal programs employed in recent decades.  


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On the evening of May 28, those who manage Sagamok’s forests came to Sagamok to ask for community members’ input into how they are designing their new 10 year Forest Management Plans. 

Sagamok’s Lands Resources and Environment (LRE) Unit hosted a community information session with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), Northshore Forest Inc (NFI), EACOM and Vermillion Forest Management Company (VFM).  These forest managers presented their current activities and what they understand needs to be incorporated into new 10 year Forest Management Plans (FNPs) for each of the forests that Sagamok has interest in. 

Sagamok community members asked questions, provided input, feedback and suggestions that were recorded so that they can now be used to assist in developing FMPs for the Spanish, Sudbury and Northshore forests over the coming 10 years beginning in 2020. 



Missed the conversation and still want to have input into the design of the new 10 year Forest Management Plans?  It’s not too late!


Respond to the following questions in writing and

  • send it to Sagamok’s Lands Resources and Environment (LRE) Unit in person to 89 River Road,
  • mail it to PO Box 610, Massey, ON  P0P 1P0
  • or email it to


1.   What does a healthy forest look like?  What are the qualities of a healthy forest that can allow you, your family, community, nation to prosper alongside the natural environment? 


2.   When you think of the ways that you, your family, community and nation use the forests and their resources within Sagamok’s traditional territories,

a. what kinds of cultural considerations, social goals and economic objectives, should be placed into a Forest Management Plan for your vision of a healthy forest?


b. what kinds of considerations of forest diversity and forest cover do you think would be necessary for your vision of a healthy forest?


c. what silviculture activities do you think would be necessary for your vision of a healthy forest?  Silviculture is what forest managers do to control the establishment, growth, composition, health and quality of forests to meet diverse needs and values.  In the context of a Forest Management Plan, the silviculture activities of forest managers generally concerns ensuring harvested areas are appropriately regenerated after harvesting or other distrubances. 


3.   Do you have any other comments about how the new Forest Management Plans should reflect your vision of a healthy forest that can allow you, your family, community and nation to prosper alongside the natural environment? 




What else can you do to involve yourself in shaping the Forest Management Plans for Sagamok forests?  

> Contact the MNRF office and ask to be included on a mailing list for updates on the forest management plan, giving you the opportunity to . 

MNRF Northeast Region    

Ontario Government Complex, 5520 Hwy 101 E,

PO Bag 3020, South Porcupine, ON P0N 1H0



> Comment on the Environmental Registry of Ontario notice that is posted for each stage of the planning process for the forest management plans.