Forest Information Manual 2009 – Amendment to a regulation under the Crown Forest Sustainability Act (CFSA)
Ontario Regulation 167/95
Ontario Regulation 473/09
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Crown Forest Sustainability Act
Summary of Decision:
The proposal is implemented by an amendment to Ontario Regulation 167/95, Section 26.2 (to approve a revised Forest Information Manual).
September 21, 2010
Summary of Proposal:
The Forest Information Manual (2007) has been revised to reflect planning and operational requirements described in the Forest Management Planning Manual (Draft 2009). This revised Forest Information Manual (FIM) is being prepared in accordance with Section 68 of the CFSA.
The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) is implementing recommendations from a joint forest industry/MNR project team to streamline the forest management planning and information exchange process. These recommendations make forest management planning and information exchange more efficient while adhering to the requirements of the Crown Forest Sustainability Act and MNR’s environmental assessment approval for forest management on Crown lands in Ontario. Revisions to the FIM as outlined in this proposal, are in response to these recommendations.
The FIM prescribes the mandatory requirements, standards, roles and responsibilities, timelines, and conditions for providing information in respect of Crown forests. The requirements for information prescribed in this manual compliment the planning and operational requirements of the Forest Management Planning Manual (Draft 2009). A series of FIM Technical Specifications supplemental to the FIM are under development and will outline the detailed, technical conditions as a requirement of information prescribed by the FIM.
The requirements for information prescribed in the FIM primarily affect Sustainable Forest Licence (SFL) holders who are responsible for preparing forest management plans for Crown forests under licence and conducting forest operations in accordance with an approved plan. The MNR, who is responsible for providing information to SFL holders to support the preparation and implementation of forest management plans in accordance with the CFSA, is also subject to the requirements of the FIM.
The FIM describes the requirements for the provision of forest resources inventories, maps, geospatial data layers, annual reports, forest operations inspections, forest values, base data, and other information required for the purpose of forest management planning and ensuring compliance with the CFSA and its regulations. The FIM also sets out policy direction regarding ownership, copyright, and access to information respecting Crown forests.
Coordinator, Forest Information and Reporting
Ministry of Natural Resources
70 Foster Drive
Roberta Bondar Pl
Sault Ste Marie Ontario
December 10, 2009