Clergue Forest Management Incorporated Manages the Algoma Forest
Clergue Forest Management Incorporated ("Clergue") was formed in 1997 as the shareholder-based Sustainable Forest License holder for the Algoma Forest in the Sault Ste Marie area of Northeastern Ontario.
Products made with Algoma Forest fibre include hardwood lumber, softwood lumber, softwood dimensional lumber, plywood, composite wood panels, market pulp, paper, and industrial wood pellets.
Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Forest
The Algoma Forest is composed of 47% Great Lakes - St. Lawrence forest type.
Great Lakes - St. Lawrence tree species are managed on the Algoma Forest using the Selection Silviculture System or the Shelterwood Silviculture System. While both systems involve certified tree markers walking the stands and painting the trees, shelterwood is even-aged management and selection is uneven-aged management. The image to the left shows a typical tolerant hardwood shelterwood stand three years after harvest. Natural seedfall is used to regenerate tolerant hardwood stands. The next harvest in this shelterwood stand will be to remove the overstory. In selection stands the goal is to return every 28 years to remove 1/3 of the trees.
The Algoma Forest is composed of 53% Boreal forest type.
Boreal species on the Algoma Forest are managed using the Clearcut Silvicultural System with the goal to create even-aged regenerating stands. The image on the right shows a typical regenerating jack pine stand. This stand was harvested in 2004 and was planted in 2005 with jack pine seedlings. It was chemically tended in 2009 using aerial application and was declared free-growing in 2012. In another 50 years this young jack pine stand will be ready for harvest once again.
Originally built in 1905 by the Spanish River Pulp and Paper Company, the Espanola mill was purchased in 1968 by E.B. Eddy and became part of Domtar Inc. in 1998.
Domtar Espanola produces over 200 different grades of technical and specialty papers with annual production capacity of 76,000 tons. The mill also produces FSC-certified market pulp, northern bleached hardwood and softwood pulp with annual pulp production capacity of 351,000 tons.
Columbia Forest Products
Columbia Forest Products Hearst plywood mill was originally built in 1961 as Levesque Plywood. Due to fire in 1965, a new mill was built in 1966 which has continued to operate to the present with annual production of up to 68 million feet on a 3/8" basis.
Boniferro Mill Works
Boniferro Mill Works is a hardwood sawmill located in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario Canada. The mill has been in operation since 1948 and Boniferro Mill Works has owned and operated the mill since 2003.
Boniferro Mill Works' annual hardwood lumber capacity is more than 17 million board feet. Products include pallet material and rough green lumber.
Tembec Chapleau's sawmill
produces softwood stud lumber and random sized lumber. The Chapleau mill's annual capacity is 135 million board feet, contributing toward Tembec's 1 billion board feet of total annual production.
Midway Lumber Mills
Midway Lumber Mills built it's Thessalon Sawmill in 1948 and has been operated by the Morgan family ever since. Midway produces several dimensions of softwood lumber, paneling, and flooring with annual production of 20 million board feet. Custom milling services are available plus dry kilns and a planer mill.
Forest Management Planning
Forest management planning in Ontario is broken down into two phases, Phase I and Phase II. In Phase I there are five stages, while Phase II has three stages.
Algoma Forest information is below:
Stage 1 - Invitation to Participate (December 2007)
Stage 2 - Review of Proposed Long-Term Management Direction (July 2008)
Stage 3 - Information Centre: Review of Proposed Operations (December 2008)
Stage 4 - Information Centre: Review of the Draft Forest Management Plan (June 2009)
Stage 5: Inspection of the MNR - Approved Forest Management Plan (December 2009)
Implementation of the 2010-2020 Forest Management Plan (April 2010)
Stage 1 - Information Centre: Review of Proposed Operations (April 2014)
Stage 2 - Review of Draft Planned Operations (June 2014)
Stage 3 - Inspection of MNR - Approved Planned Operations (October 2014)
Implementation of Phase II Operations of the 2010-2020 Forest Management Plan (April 2015)
Annual Work Schedule
Provides details of operations to occur on the Algoma Forest for the given fiscal year. It includes information on areas scheduled for harvest, renewal, tending and protection operations in the form of maps, text and tables. The Annual Work Schedule must be in place before any operations can be implemented, with April 1st as our target start date and March 31st as the firm end date. The operations identified in the Annual Work Schedule were previously planned and approved in the Forest Management Plan.
Check out the Algoma Forest Image Gallery
Forest operations on the Algoma Forest are planned by Clergue Forest Management Inc. and implemented by our overlapping licensees and their harvest contractors.
Opportunities are available for fuelwood on the Algoma Forest.
Personal use permits can be obtained from the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry District Offices in Sault Ste. Marie and Wawa for areas released from commercial harvesting.
For commercial fuelwood opportunities more information can be obtained by contacting Clergue Forest Management Inc.
Clergue Forest Management Inc.
85 Great Northern Road
Sault Ste. Marie Ontario P6B 4Y8
Vince Strack, R.P.F.
Silviculture & Operations Forester
Will Byman, R.P.F.
Planning & Management Forester
The Phase II Forest Management Plan was implemented on April 1, 2015.
To the right is a link to the full set of operational scale maps from the approved 2010-2020 Algoma Forest Management Plan - Phase II Operations.
The next strategic forest management planning opportunity for review or comment will be in the preparation of the 2020-2030 forest management plan beginning in 2017.
Annual Work Schedules notices are sent out every March. Stop by the Clergue Forest Management office at 85 Great Northern Road or the Sault Ste. Marie Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry District Office at 64 Church Street to view the Annual Work Schedule and discuss operations on the Algoma Forest.
To view or download the approved operations maps for Phase II,
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