Policy Report: F175
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F175: Wolf Lake Old Growth Forest Reserve


DESCRIPTION:

This site contains the largest contiguous area of red pine "working group" stands older than 140 years in Site Region 4E. This may be the largest remaining contiguous old growth red pine dominated forest in Ontario. Wolf Lake has high recreational values, being situated along the Matagamasi to Chiniguchi Lake canoe route.

This area contains lake(s) designated for lake trout management. For a current list of designated lakes associated with this area, refer to the Lake Trout Lake Search Index accessible via the ‘Source of Direction’ portion of this policy report.


LAND USE INTENT:

Forest reserves are areas where protection of natural heritage and special landscapes is a priority, but some resource use can take place with appropriate conditions. This forest reserve was originally identified for inclusion in the Ontario's Living Legacy Land Use Strategy as part of the recommended Wolf Lake Old Growth Forest. During the preparation of the Ontario's Living Legacy Land Use Strategy and through subsequent boundary refinement and inventory processes, it was determined that this area contained mining claims and thus it has been designated as a forest reserve. The intention is that this forest reserve will become part of the Wolf Lake Old Growth Forest if the mining tenure is retired through normal processes. In the interim, the area will be managed consistent with the protection of natural heritage values.

Management of this area is also governed by the general policies contained in the Land Use Strategy (1999).


MANAGEMENT DIRECTION:

Policies for forest reserves are similar to the policies for conservation reserves established through the Ontario's Living Legacy Land Use Strategy, except that mining and related access will be allowed in a forest reserve. Most non-industrial uses (e.g., fur harvesting, commercial fishing and bait harvesting) are permitted if they are compatible with the values of individual reserves. Similarly, most recreational and non-commercial activities that have been traditionally enjoyed in an area can continue provided they pose little threat to the natural ecosystems and features protected by the forest reserve.


Commercial Activities
Activity Permitted Guidelines
Aggregate Extraction Maybe Will not be permitted, except where:
- There is an existing aggregate permit;
- Aggregate is required in support of mineral exploration or mining within the Forest Reserve and there area no feasible sources outside the reserve; or
- An aggregate permit is required under the Aggregate Resources Act for the production of industrial minerals and building stones
Bait Fishing Yes Existing use permitted to continue, unless there are significant demonstrated conflicts. New operations can be considered, subject to a Class Environmental Assessment.
Commercial Fishing Yes Existing use permitted to continue, unless there are significant demonstrated conflicts. New operations can be considered, subject to a Class Environmental Assessment.
Commercial Fur Harvesting Yes Existing use permitted to continue, unless there are significant demonstrated conflicts. New operations can be considered, subject to a Class Environmental Assessment.
Commercial Hydro Development No  
Commercial Power Generation Development No  
Commercial Timber Harvest No  
Energy Transmission and Communications Corridors, Existing Yes These facilities should avoid forest reserves wherever possible.
Energy Transmission and Communications Corridors, New Maybe These facilities should avoid forest reserves wherever possible.
Mineral Exploration and Development Yes Forest reserves have existing mining tenure. Mineral exploration, mining and related access will be permitted
Peat Extraction No  
Wild Rice Harvesting Yes Existing use permitted to continue, unless there are significant demonstrated conflicts. New operations can be considered, subject to a Class Environmental Assessment.

Land and Resource Management Activities
Activity Permitted Guidelines
Crown Land Disposition Maybe Sale of lands is not permitted. Renewals of existing leases or land use permits are permitted; requests for transfer of tenure will be considered. New leases or land use permits permitted for approved activities.

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, Agriculture No  
Crown Land Disposition, Cottaging No  
Crown Land Disposition, Rural Residential No  
Crown Land Disposition, Urban Development No  
Road Development and Maintenance, Existing Yes Existing roads can continue to be maintained.
Road Development and Maintenance, New No New roads for resource extraction will not be permitted, with the exception of necessary access for mineral exploration and development, which will be permitted with appropriate consideration for the protection of forest reserve values.

Recreation Activities and Facilities
Activity Permitted Guidelines
Crown Land Recreation Yes Provided it is consistent with the values being protected.
Hunting Yes Hunting is permitted in accordance with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act and regulations. For more information, visit https://www.ontario.ca/hunting. Some municipalities have by-laws that apply to hunting including restricting the discharge of firearms. Check with the local municipal office for details.
Road Use (public), Existing Yes Existing roads can continue to be used.
Road Use (public), New No  
Sport Fishing Yes Recreational fishing is permitted in accordance with the Ontario Fishery Regulations. For more information, visit https://www.ontario.ca/fishing and review the Ontario Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary or Fish ON-Line to determine the seasons, catch limits and other restrictions that apply in this area including the location of fish sanctuaries.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Management of this Forest Reserve is carried out within the context of forest reserve policy as amended by the policies outlined in the Ontario's Living Legacy Land Use Strategy (1999).


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:
Amendment to Area-specific Crown Land Use Policy #2005-058 (2005)
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 #2007-025 (2009)
Ontario's Living Legacy Land Use Strategy (1999)


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