|The Forest Management Plan (FMP):
The Kenora FMP has been prepared in accordance with the planning requirements described in the Forest Management Planning Manual for Ontarios Crown Forests (FMPM).
The Kenora FMP has been prepared by Trus Joist Kenora, a Weyerhaeuser Company, with the plan author being a registered professional forester. This plan has been prepared in an open and consultative fashion, with the assistance of an interdisciplinary planning team and a local citizens committee. Opportunities for participation by interested and affected persons and organizations, and the general public, have also been provided
About the Kenora District:
The Kenora Management Unit (KMU) is situated within the Kenora administrative district of the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR). The KMU surrounds the communities of Kenora, Minaki, Sioux Narrows and Nestor Falls. In size, it has a total area of 1,205,023 ha. Of this, 500,710 ha. is managed Crown productive forest land, the balance is non-forested land (water, private land) and non-productive forest land (muskeg, rock).
The KMU falls within two forest regions. The Boreal Forest Region is found in the north of the KMU, north of the City of Kenora and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Forest Region to the south. Shallow glacial till soils over bedrock dominate the landscape of the KMU with localized areas of water deposited clays and silts. The boreal forest is represented by early fire successional tree species such as jack pine, black spruce, and poplar. Red pine and white pine occur in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Forest Region in addition to the boreal forest species.
The area has long history of logging. As early as the 1880s, logging and sawmilling became a part of the local economy supporting the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). Gold mining during that period also created a demand for mine timbers. Sawmilling became well established in the area and continues to this day, with five sawmills operating in the Kenora area. The 1920s saw the establishment of the first paper mill in Kenora. The paper mill continues to be part of the local economy. Recently, a hardwood processing facility has been announced for Kenora. The seven mills all derive at least a portion of their wood supply from the KMU.