Forest Management in Algonquin Park

Forestry in Algonquin Park is managed by the Algonquin Forest Authority (AFA), a crown corporation which supplies forest products to manufacturing industries in the region and across southern Ontario. Forestry activities within the Park itself is associated with the planning, harvesting, renewal and maintenance of the forest resource based on an ecologically sustainable basis.

Invitation to Participate Algonquin Park 2020-2030 Forest Management Plan

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), the Algonquin Forestry Authority and the Algonquin Park Forest Local Citizens’ Committee (LCC) invite you to participate in the development of the 2020-2030 Forest Management Plan (FMP) for the Algonquin Park Forest.

Invitation to Participate Algonquin Park 2020-2030 Forest Management PlanThe Planning Process

The FMP will take approximately three years to complete. During this time, five formal opportunities for public consultation and First Nation and Métis community involvement and consultation are provided. This first stage notice is to advise you that preparation of the plan has started and to request:

  • Your contribution to background information, particularly information relating to values and important ecological features that could be affected by forest management activities, and
  • Your view of the desired forest condition and desired benefits which can be obtained from the forest.

How to Get Involved

Please provide any comments or information to the MNRF office listed below or if you wish to meet and discuss your interests and concerns with the planning team, plan author and/or the LCC, please contact the individuals identified below.

Background information and sources of direction that are available for you to view including the following:

  • Description of the management responsibilities on the forest and of the forest industry that is supplied from the forest;
  • Values maps showing natural resource features, land uses and values;
  • Description of the historic forest condition;
  • A map of existing roads and their use management strategies;
  • Management unit annual reports, audit reports, and provincial reports pertaining to forest management;
  • Sources of direction for the forest such as past plans, land use plans, any relevant policy direction under the Endangered Species Act, 2007, MNRF’s provincial goals, objectives and
    policies for natural resource management.

The background information and further information about the forest management planning process will be available for the duration of plan preparation.

The general information regarding the FMP process as well as the information described in this notice, will be available at the Algonquin Forestry Authority office and at the MNRF Algonquin Park Operations North Office, at the locations shown below, during normal office hours. Meetings with representatives of the planning team and the LCC can be requested at any time during the planning process. Reasonable opportunities to meet planning team members during non-business hours will be provided upon request. If you require more information or wish to discuss your interests and concerns with a planning team member, please contact one of the individuals listed below:

Joe Yaraskavitch, R.P.F.
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
31 Riverside Drive
Pembroke, ON
Phone: 613-732-5550

Gord Cumming, R.P.F.
Plan Author
Algonquin Forestry Authority
222 Main Street West
Huntsville, ON
Phone: 705-789-9647, ext. 130

Tom Ballantine
Algonquin Park Forest LCC

Anytime during the planning process you may make a written request to seek resolution of issues with the MNRF District Manager or the Regional Director using a process described in the 2017 Forest Management Planning Manual (Part A, Section 2.4.1).

Stay Involved

There will be four more formal opportunities for you to be involved. These stages are listed and tentatively scheduled as follows:

  • Stage 2 - Review of the Proposed Long Term Management Direction - August 2018
  • Stage 3 - Information Centre: Review of Proposed Operations - February 2019
  • Stage 4 - Information Centre: Review of Draft Forest Management Plan - September 2019
  • Stage 5 - Inspection of MNRF-Approved Forest Management Plan - December 2019

If you would like to be added to a mailing list to be notified of public involvement opportunities, please contact Joe Yaraskavitch at 613-732-5550.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is collecting your personal information and comments under the authority of the Crown Forest Sustainability Act. Any personal information you provide (address, name, telephone, etc.) will be protected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act; however, your comments will become part of the public consultation process and may be shared with the general public. Your personal information may be used by MNRF to send you further information related to this forest management planning exercise. If you have questions about the use of your personal information, please contact Gary Meddick at 705-755-3228.

Renseignements en français : David Legros au 613 637-2828, ext. 223.

Invitation for Public Comment

Independent Audit of the Algonquin Park Forest

Under the Independent Forest Audit program, all Forest Management Units in the province are audited regularly to ensure that their management has followed approved plans and complies with the requirements of the Crown Forest Sustainability Act. This year, the Algonquin Park Forest is among those being audited and ArborVitae Environmental Services Ltd. invites you to provide your perspective.

The Forest is managed by the Algonquin Forestry Authority (AFA) under an agreement with the Ontario government. Ontario Parks of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) contributes to management of the Forest by overseeing operations, ensuring legal compliance, and approving management plans, annual work plans and reports. Both organizations are being audited.

You are invited to provide comments on line at All replies will be treated seriously and may be used to direct the auditors’ attention and activities during the audit. You may also send your comments directly to Jeremy Williams, the audit team leader: All correspondence received will remain confidential within the audit team.

Jeremy Williams
ArborVitae Environmental Services Ltd
3 Pine Crescent, Toronto, ON Canada M4E 1L1
Phone: 416 694-8123 and 905 373-7350

More About Forest Management in Algonquin Park

Discover the story of Algonquin Park logging from its earliest beginnings in the 1830s to the modern management practices of the present in the video "Loggers of Algonquin". After watching this video discover more by visiting the Algonquin Logging Museum.

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