Bancroft Minden Forestry Company (BMFC) has been conducting logging operations off Telephone Bay Road, on the east end of the Lake, and will continue to do so through the spring of 2022. The BMFC has a legal agreement with the Ontario NDMNRF (Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry, formerly MNRF) to harvest in this area, and the KLA and municipality have no ability to halt this activity. However, as an Association we advocate to protect the safety of our members and minimize damage to the natural environment.
BMFC first presented plans for 2020-21 logging operations to the KLA at the AGM in the spring of 2020. Operations commenced in late summer, sooner than expected, and caused more disruption than was anticipated. Many cottagers expressed concerns about the visual and environmental impacts on the forest, the safety and condition of the roads, and the use and enjoyment of their property.
To address these concerns, the KLA arranged for BMFC representatives to attend the 2020-21 AGM. They presented plans for 2021-22 operations, and responded to moderated questions. However, many questions remained unanswered following the meeting. The KLA compiled these and submitted them, in writing, to the BMFC in early July.
BMFC has responded to questions in person and in writing. On July 30, 2021, BMFC representatives met with cottagers at the Telephone Bay boat launch to clarify details of their operations; you can read a draft summary of this discussion, during which cottagers were told that:
Following the meeting, BMFC representatives submitted, in writing, further details about harvest operations - including restoration of roadways, amount and types of trees to be harvested, forestry regulations, civiculture practice and forest regeneration. In September, 2021, the BMFC Forest Management Plan for 2021-31 was approved by the Regional Director of the NDMNRF. This plan does not include any new logging areas around Koshlong lake; however, it does allow BMFC until 2026 to complete logging that is currently underway, should there be delays in operations. The KLA will continue to monitor the situation and maintain open communication with BMFC, the Township, cottagers and affected road associations.
Thanks to KLA member Rob Horsburgh for his photograph of Wallace Island used as the background photo throughout this site