Forest Information Manual 2007 - proposed amendment to a regulation under the Crown Forest Sustainability Act (CFSA)
Forest Information Manual 2007
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Crown Forest Sustainability Act (CFSA)
Summary of Decision:
The proposal was implemented by an amendment to O. Reg. 167/95, Section 26.2 (to approve a revised Forest Information Manual) by O. Reg. 184/07. This regulation was filed by the Registrar of Regulations on May 4, 2007 and was published in the Ontario Gazette on May 19, 2007.
October 26, 2006
Summary of Proposal:
The Forest Information Manual (2001) has been revised to reflect planning and operational requirements described in the Forest Management Planning Manual (2004). This revised Forest Information Manual (FIM) is being prepared in accordance with Section 68 of the CFSA.
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 (FMPM 2004), the Forest Operations and Silviculture Manual, and the Scaling Manual. 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 Ministry of Natural Resources (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.
J.D. Steele, R.P.F., Project Manager, Forest Information Manual
MNR Forest Management Branch
70 Foster Drive Suite 400
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, P6A 6V5
PHONE: (705) 945-5938 FAX: (705) 945-6605
May 4, 2007