IROQUOIS FALLS FOREST

 
Year Plan Unit Plan Status Public Participation Opportunities MNR Contact Industry Contact
2010 Iroquois Falls
Stage One
INVITATION TO Participate

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. 

As of February 2008 the Invitation to Participate had not yet been issued. It is expected to be issued shortly. 

The invitation to participate has not yet been issued. An industry contact has not been identified to the public.   The invitation to participate has not yet been issued. An industry contact has not been identified to the public. 

A posting on the Environmental Bill of Rights electronic registry provides additional information.

Last updated February, 2008


Cochrane Forest Local Citizens Committee

Kirkland Lake Local Citizens' Committee

Cochrane District of the Ministry of Natural Resources

Kirkland Lake District of the Ministry of Natural Resources
 

Auditing Reports
        Independent Forest Audit of the Iroquois Falls Forest (2000)(pdf)
         Independent Forest Audit of the Iroquois Falls South (2000)(pdf)


Description of the Iroquois Falls Forest

District Land Use Planning

Iroquois Falls Forest Management Planning Documents - 2005 Forest Management Plan
 



Iroquois Falls Forest Description

Forest management planning for the Iroquois Falls Forest, located in the Ministry of Natural Resources' (MNR) Northeast Region, will include the Iroquois Falls Forest Management Unit and the Iroquois Falls South Management Unit. These two units are being amalgamated into one unit that will be titled the Iroquois Falls Forest Management Unit upon the approval and implementation of the FMP for the Iroquois Falls Forest. The current Iroquois Falls South FMP was due to be renewed on April 1, 2001.

1. Iroquois Falls Forest Management Unit

Virtually all of this unit is in MNR Cochrane District; less than five per cent is in MNR Kirkland Lake District. The unit is 9,454.8 square kilometres (km) in size.

No major population centres are situated in the forest; the Towns of Cochrane and Iroquois Falls are proximate to its southwest corner. Less than one per cent of the land in the forest is patented. The New Post and Wahgoshig First Nations' communities are also proximate to the Iroquois Falls Forest.

The unit is accessed from Highway (Hwy) #11 (Trans-Canada Hwy) along Hwy #652 (which bisects the unit along a southwest to northeast line). Abitibi-Consolidated Inc.'s Trans-Limit Road connects Hwy #652 with the Province of Quebec. The Northwest Industrial Road connects the Town of Iroquois Falls to Hwy #652.

This unit supplies conifer, primarily to Abitibi-Consolidated Inc.'s paper mill at Iroquois Falls, and provides veneer-quality poplar to Norbord Industries in Cochrane. Strandboard grade poplar is provided to Grant Forest Products' mill in Englehart, while Tembec's Malette Division processes sawlog grade conifer in Cochrane. Timmins Forest Products' Tembec Division of Lasarre, Quebec have traditional harvesting operations on the unit.

Most of the forest is located in the Clay Belt, with its northern limit in the transition zone to the James Bay Lowlands. The claybelt's topography is level to gently undulating, with clay soils that are generally poorly drained, intermixed with organic soils and bedrock outcrops.

In 1980, MNR entered into a forest management agreement with Abitibi-Consolidated Inc. for the purposes of managing the Iroquois Falls Forest [under a deemed Sustainable Forest Licence (SFL) #500200]. MNR has also issued a number of fuelwood and personal use permits on the unit. In April, 1999, MNR issued SFL #542531 to Abitibi-Consolidated Inc.; this licence encompasses both the Iroquois Falls Forest Management Unit and the Iroquois Falls South Management Unit.
 

2. Iroquois Falls South Management Unit

The Iroquois Falls South Management Unit is located entirely in MNR Kirkland Lake District. The unit was first licensed to Abitibi-Price Inc. in 1971 under Licence #331300.

No major population centres exist in the unit; the Towns of Matheson and Kirkland Lake are west and south of the unit respectively. The Wahgoshig First Nation is located on the band's reserve, which is located immediately west of the unit. The Beaverhouse Community is adjacent to the southern boundary the Iroquois Falls Forest.

The unit is bisected from east to west by Hwy #101, from the Town of Matheson to the Quebec-Ontario border, and by Hwy #672, from Hwy #66 north to Hwy #101.

While the forested land base is licensed to Abitibi-Consolidated Inc., it does not carry out forest operations on the unit. Harvesting is done by Tembec's Malette Division, which operates a sawmill in Kenogami. Poplar veneer is supplied to Norbord Industries Inc. in Cochrane, and poplar strandboard is supplied to Grant Forest Products in Englehart. MNR has issued a number of fuelwood and personal use permits on the unit.

The unit lies within the Central Transition Section of the Boreal Forest Region. Its topography is rolling to broken and steep. Most of the unit is overlain with clays and silty-loam soils, with occurrences of bedrock outcrops.

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



Land Use Planning Documents

Kirkland Lake District Land Use Guidelines (pdf)

Kirkland Lake DLUG Map

Cochrane District Land Use Guidelines (pdf)

Cochrane DLUG Map
 

District Land Use Policies

Cochrane District

Kirkland Lake District

Cochrane Remote (Wilderness) Tourism Strategy

Cochrane RW Tourism Strategy Map
 
 



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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