Sunday Jun 30, 2019
As you may remember, NOTO started an initiative to ensure that tourism was represented on the Local Citizen's Committees (LCCs). As a result of this initiative, we have worked with the Cochrane and Sudbury District MNRF offices to write and send letters of recruitment in hopes to fill tourism vacancies in the Abitibi, Sudbury & Spanish Forest LCCs.
NOTO was also invited by Tim Reece (Management Forester, MNRF Bancroft District) to complete a Desired Forest & Benefits Survey for the Bancroft-Minden and Mazinaw-Lanark Forests. This district has been struggling to obtain any feedback from the tourism industry throughout the forest management planning process. As a result, Tim reached out to NOTO to help identify issues faced by the tourism from forestry activity and to identify key tourism values that should be protected throughout the 10-year forest management plan.
In this survey, NOTO identified key tourism values and protections the industry would like to see that are commonly mentioned throughout the province. Tourism values can include lakes, lodges, outpost camps, viewpoints, camp/picnic/shore lunch sites, recreational trails, canoe routes/portages, hunting stations, etc. It is important that tourism values are identified and protected throughout the FMP process.
The following are some of NOTO's responses which were included in the survey.
Tim was thankful for NOTO's contributions to the Bancroft-Minden and Mazinaw-Lanark Forests and is looking forward to other opportunities where we can work together. NOTO would love to have the opportunity to contribute in this manner in other districts.