2019 Forest Road Access Management in Northwestern Ontario


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
  • Brian Campbell R.P.F., Chair, NWO Section, CIF
Forest Access Roads 101 Who is responsible for forest access roads? History of funding/liability/ownership.
  • Tom Ratz R.P.F., Resolute Forest Products, Thunder Bay 
How do other users feel? Part 1 Social issues and challenges of removal perspectives of Other road users – Anglers and Hunters
  • Neil Wiens, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
Planning Forest Access Roads to Optimize Harvesting Road planning/location – modeling, optimization, technology
  • Dr. Reino Pulkki, R.P.F. / Kevin Crowe, Lakehead University – Optimized road location based on minimizing road construction cost and transport
  • Alex Kurulak – Use of RoadEng and benefits in Northern Ontario, Lakehead University Undergrad Thesis
  • Kevin Shorthouse, M.Sc.F, R.P.F. 
    – Approach to teach optimum road location to our students, Lakehead University
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

  • How do we know if this is all working?
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 Mike Grant

Northwestern Ontario Prospectors Association

Karen Saunders

Director, NWO Section, CIF