On March 7, 2019, the Northwestern Ontario Section hosted a successful technical workshop entitled “If You Aren’t Sure Where You’re Going…Any Road Will Get You There: Forest Access Road Management in Northwestern Ontario”. The workshop took place at Lakehead University, in Thunder Bay, ON.
The workshop examined forest access roads, including history/liability/ownership, social issues and challenges, and other road users, as well as road planning and decommissioning through case studies.
|Welcome and Introduction||
|Forest Access Roads 101||Who is responsible for forest access roads? History of funding/liability/ownership.||
|How do other users feel? Part 1||Social issues and challenges of removal perspectives of Other road users – Anglers and Hunters||
|Planning Forest Access Roads to Optimize Harvesting||Road planning/location – modeling, optimization, technology||
|Road Decommissioning: Why and How?||
Why do roads get removed? Case studies from actual Resolute FMPs including objectives of removal
How do roads get decommissioned? Methods: passive (berm, sign, gate, etc.) vs. active (site-prep, plant, etc.
Tom Ratz R.P.F.
Resolute Forest Products, Thunder Bay
Jeff Mundy R.P.F.
Resolute Forest Products, Thunder Ba
What is the effectiveness/success of road decommissioning?
Jennifer Rodgers, Centre for Northern Forest Ecosystem Research, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
|Using drones to assess road regeneration success||Ryan Wilkie Lakehead University|
|How do other users feel? Part 2||Social issues and challenges of removal perspectives of Other road users – Prospectors and Mining Exploration IndustryClosing Remarks||
Northwestern Ontario Prospectors Association
Director, NWO Section, CIF