Policy Report: E353r
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E353r: Yorston River/Selkirk Creek


DESCRIPTION:

This area is located within the Yorston River, Sturgeon River, and Obabika River watersheds. The values and uses of this area include the headwaters for the lakes within Solace Provincial Park, some of the headwaters of the Sturgeon River, many backcountry recreation opportunities (e.g., angling, hunting, canoeing and hiking), the Pinetorch Fire Tower and trail, and the existing and heritage portages.

This area contains lake(s) designated for lake trout management. For a current list of designated lakes associated with this area, refer to the Inland Ontario Lakes Designated for Lake Trout Management (2006) accessible in the Source of Direction portion of this policy report.


LAND USE INTENT:

The intent is to manage for park-related values with emphasis on ecosystem integrity, backcountry recreation, remote tourism, and recreation while providing opportunities for forestry and mining related activities and maintaining a productive sport fishing and hunting area.

Concerns include the potential impacts to park-related canoe routes by resource extraction activities (e.g., noise, aesthetics access) especially near the Pilgrim Creek and Yorston River routes, the unauthorized access (particularly to Solace Park and Sturgeon River Park), and the development of portages as trails (e.g., impacts from tree-cutting, altering trail surface, etc.).

The management area objectives are to provide planned ATV access to the Regan Lake land use permit-holder and direct access for the LUP-holder north of Stull Lake (accessed through this management area), to restrict public motorized access while allowing for resource extraction, and to prevent motorized trail development to Solace Park or Sturgeon River Park (including snowmobile trails). Additional objectives include applying viewscape protection to Solace Waterway Park and Sturgeon River Waterway Park, applying seasonal restrictions on resource extraction and minimizing road crossings of parks and canoe routes, maintaining the existing canoe routes and retaining the potential for new routes while also preventing roads within 350-meters of park boundaries.

The strategies include planning access and developing road use strategies which restrict public motorized access and minimize conflicts, developing a strategy to address ATV use of portages and LUP access by ATV (e.g., alternate routes, etc.), and applying viewscape management and Area of Concern guidelines to resource extraction activities.


MANAGEMENT DIRECTION:

Land use and resource management activities for this area are also governed by the policies of the Temagami Land Use Plan (TLUP) (1997). The policies from the TLUP are integrated into this area report. Refer to the TLUP for background information and additional details.


Commercial Activities
Activity Permitted Guidelines
Aggregate Extraction Yes Aggregate extraction will be permitted. The location and operation of all pits and/or quarries must meet the requirements of the Aggregates Resources Act. Rehabilitation of abandoned or depleted pits will be required.
Bait Fishing, Existing Yes Existing commercial bait harvest operations and associated activities are permitted.
Bait Fishing, New Maybe Additional operations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Commercial Fur Harvesting, Existing Yes Existing registered trapline areas and associated activities are permitted to continue. Existing trapline cabins will be permitted to stay in accordance with MNR policy.
Commercial Fur Harvesting, New Maybe New registered trapline areas may be considered subject to the land use intent for the area. New trapline cabins may be permitted subject to MNR Policy and the land use intent of the area.
Commercial Timber Harvest Yes Forest management activities, including commercial timber harvest are permitted in accordance with the strategies, prescriptions and conditions contained in the currently approved FMP.
Commercial Tourism (Services and/or Facilities), Existing Yes Existing authorized facilities can continue.
Commercial Tourism (Services and/or Facilities), New No No new main base or low-intensity (e.g., huts, warm-up shelters, campsites) tourism development is permitted.
Mineral Exploration and Development Yes Mineral exploration, development, mining and mine closure will be done in accordance with the provisions of the Mining Act.

Land and Resource Management Activities
Activity Permitted Guidelines
Crown Land Disposition, Commercial or Public Use Maybe Consideration will be given to the land use intent of this management area. To be determined through an appropriate planning and review process. See Crown land disposition policy (PL 4.02.01).

There are significant restrictions on land disposition on designated lake trout lakes. See specific direction in Crown land disposition policy (PL 4.02.01 Appendix A).
Crown Land Disposition, Cottaging No  
Crown Land Disposition, Private Use Maybe Consideration will be given to the land use intent of this management area. To be determined through an appropriate planning and review process. See Crown land disposition policy (PL 4.02.01).

There are significant restrictions on land disposition on designated lake trout lakes. See specific direction in Crown land disposition policy (PL 4.02.01 Appendix A).
Personal Wood Harvesting Yes Personal wood harvesting may be authorized by permit. Limited opportunities due to restricted public motorized access.
Road Development and Maintenance, Existing Yes Existing authorized resource access roads can continue to be used for commercial industrial resource extraction only.
Road Development and Maintenance, New Yes New roads may be permitted subject to the applicable planning process for the purposes of commercial timber harvesting, mining related activities that require heavy equipment and aggregate extraction.
Vegetation Management Yes  

Recreation Activities and Facilities
Activity Permitted Guidelines
All Terrain Vehicle Use, Off Trails No ATV use off of trails is not permitted.
All Terrain Vehicle Use, On Trails No With the exception of approved ATV access by LUP holders on authorized trails. Unauthorized use of existing trails is not permitted.
Camping Yes  
Hunting Yes  
Motor Boat Use Yes  
Non-motorized Recreation Travel Yes Applies to activities such as hiking, canoeing and snowshoeing.
Road Use (public), Existing No With the exception of snowmobiling.
Road Use (public), New No With the exception of snowmobiling.
Snowmobiling, Off Trails Yes  
Snowmobiling, On Trails Yes No groomed snowmobile trails permitted.
Sport Fishing Yes Angling is permitted, subject to current regulations.
Trail Development, Existing Yes Existing authorized trails (e.g., hiking, skiing, snowmobiling) can continue to be used.
Trail Development, New No No new motorized trail development. Non-motorized trail development (e.g., hiking, skiing, mountain bike, horseback riding) may be considered through an appropriate planning process. Consideration will be given to the land use intent of this area.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Note: MNR will consider the Land Use Intent and Management Direction outlined in this policy report when reviewing applications for permitted activities that require licences, leases, permits, or other forms of approval. The review of individual applications involves the consideration of a variety of factors and requirements on a site-specific basis in addition to land use policy.


Note: MNR will consider the Land Use Intent and Management Direction outlined in this policy report when reviewing applications for permitted activities that require licences, leases, permits, or other forms of approval. The review of individual applications involves the consideration of a variety of factors and requirements on a site-specific basis in addition to land use policy.

SOURCE OF DIRECTION:
Crown Land Disposition Policy - Appendix A (2008) (2008)
Inland Ontario Lakes Designated for Lake Trout Management (2006)
Amendment to Area specific Crown Land Use Policy #2007-25 (2009)
Amendment to Area-specific Crown Land Use Policy #2011-011 (2013)
Temagami Land Use Plan (1997)


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