Forest Management Plans


Forest Management Plans are created to ensure the sustainability of the forest while finding a balance of social, economic and environmental values. These plans are prepared by a registered professional forester with input from local citizens, Aboriginal communities, and stakeholders and are approved for a 10-year period. These plans determine how much wood will be harvested in specific areas, where roads can be built, and how much forest will be renewed.

This page focuses on the stages of a Forest Management Plan and provides a description on how to participate to let your comments, questions and concerns be heard. NOTO receives the forestry notices and invitations for each Forest Management Unit. These notices are sent to all of our members as soon as we receive them. These notices are also uploaded onto our website every 3 weeks on the “Forestry Notices” page.

The following is a quick description of the steps involved in a Forest Management Plan. The information presented comes from the "Handbook for Getting Involved in Forest Management on Crown Lands in Ontario". 


Stages of a Forest Management Plan (FMP)


Stage 1 – Invitation to participate:

When a new FMP is being prepared, an Invitation to Participate will be sent to invite you to get involved in the planning process. During this stage, you can meet with the planning team, the plan author, and the Local Citizen’s Committee (LCC) to discuss your interests and share what you know about the forest.  

Individuals are encouraged to provide any information they have on the following topics:

Individuals are also encouraged to provide their views on how the forest should look in the future and what benefits they want the forest to provide.

All of the information collected will assist the planning team in establishing what the forest will look like in the future, and the benefits that will be made available. Once this has been established, the planning team will propose objectives and use computer models to predict what the forest might look like based on different forest management options.

If you have a concern, you should discuss it with the plan author or your MNRF office. If you feel your concern has not been addressed, you can request an issue resolution with the MNRF district manager. If your issue is still not addressed following this step, you may request an issue resolution with the MNRF regional director.


Stage 2: Review of the Long-Term Management Direction

During this stage, the team analyzes the background information collected and the comments received by the public. The team then assesses which management option best achieves the objectives identified. The maximum sustainable harvest area is also established at this step of the planning process.

At this stage, you will receive an Invitation to Review the Long-Term Management Direction from the MNRF. Items that you may be interested in reviewing and commenting on at this stage are:

If you have raised a concern with the plan author or the MNRF and you feel your concern has not been addressed, you can request an issue resolution with the MNRF district manager. If your issue is still not addressed following this step, you may request an issue resolution with the MNRF regional director.


Stage 3: Review of Proposed Operations

During this stage, the MNRF will send an Invitation to Attend the Information Centre where the plan author, members of the planning team, and a representative from the LCC will answer questions.

Some of the information you may be interested in reviewing or commenting on at this stage are:

If you have any additional information on any of the items listed above, you are encouraged to share them. Your input may result in changes to the proposed operations for the forest management unit.

If you have raised a concern with the plan author or the MNRF and you feel your concern has not been addressed, you can request an issue resolution with the MNRF district manager. If your issue is still not addressed following this step, you may request an issue resolution with the MNRF regional director.


Stage 4: Review of Draft Forest Management Plan

At this stage, a draft Forest Management Plan is prepared and reviewed by the MNRF. You will receive an Invitation to Attend an Information Centre to review and comment on the draft. This stage involves a 60-day review and comment period.

At this stage, you may comment on the proposed forest operations in the draft and review whether your interests and issues have been addressed. You can also provide additional information that will help the planning team finalize the FMP. All comments and issues must be raised within the 60-day review period.

If you have concerns or feel your interests are not protected, you may discuss this with the plan author or the MNRF. If you feel your concern has not been addressed, you can request an issue resolution with the MNRF district manager. If your issue is still not addressed, you may request an issue resolution with the MNRF regional director within 30 days after the 60-day review and comment period.


Stage 5: Inspection of Approved Forest Management Plan

At this stage, the plan is revised to address the comments and concerns received. The plan is then submitted to the MNRF regional director for approval. Once approved, you only have 30 days to inspect it.

If you have any unresolved issues at this stage, you may make a written request for an Individual Environmental Assessment of specific planned operations during the 30-day inspection period. This can only be done if you have raised concerns through the formal issue resolution process at any of the previous stages and they have not been addressed to your satisfaction, or you believe the approved FMP contains operations that will result in significant adverse environmental impacts. 



How to Request an Individual Environmental Assessment


Declaration Order MNR-75 outlines the environmental assessment procedures that must be followed while planning forestry activity on Crown Land. This ensures that potential environmental effects, and the public and aboriginal inputs are considered before forestry operations begin. Section 26 of this order describes all the requirements and procedures that will take place after a request for an individual environmental assessment has been received.  

You may request an individual environmental assessment by submitting a written request to the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation & Parks (MOECP – formerly MOECC) Director within 30 days after receiving one of the following notices from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry:

A request for an individual environmental assessment must be made in relations to:


When requesting an Individual Environmental Assessment, you must provide a description of the specific planned operations, or changes to specific planned operations of concern in addition to the following information:

The MOECP Director may refuse to consider a request that does not provide the information mentioned above.


Upon receiving a request for an individual environmental assessment, the MOECP Director will send a copy of the request to the appropriate MNRF District Manager, MNRF Regional Director and the Plan Author. The MOECP Director may request MNRF to provide preliminary input on the request.

During this time, the MOECP Director may ask the requester to provide additional information and set a specific deadline for doing so. After the MOECP Director’s preliminary review of the request, the MOECP Director will forward any additional information received from the requester to the MNRF Regional Director.

The MOECP Director will then provide a written notice to the MNRF Regional Director, MNRF District Manager, Plan Author and the requester which:

If a discussion was requested from the MOECP Director, the MOECP Director will consider any outcome of the discussions and may issue a supplemental notice to the MNRF District Manager, MNRF Regional Director, Plan Author, and the requester revising the info included in the original written notice.

The MOECP Director shall make efforts to decide on the request within 45 days of the notice or receipt of any additional information from MNRF in accordance with the notice, whichever is later.

When considering the request, the MOECP Director may:

If the MOECP Director denies a request, a written notice will be sent to the MNRF Regional Director & District Manager, Plan Author, and the requester. This notice will include reasons for the decision, and any conditions on the denial of the request imposed by the Director.

If the MOECP decides to move forward with a request, the Director shall notify the appropriate MNRF District Manager, Regional Director, Plan Author and the requester that the MNRF will be required to prepare and submit an individual environmental assessment application under Part II of the Environmental Assessment Act before proceeding with specific planned operations or change to specific planned operations in the geographic areas identified in the decision.

Until a decision is made by the MOECP Director, or the request has been withdrawn, the MNRF shall not proceed with, or further authorize any specific planned operations or changes to the specific planned operations in any geographic area identified in the request unless:

Once a decision has been made by the MOECP Director, one the following will occur:


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