Opasatika Proposed Site 2

Northern Livestock Pilot - Opasatika Site 2

Proposed Opasatika Site 2. This is a map showing existing features and the proposed site plan. Existing features include: Roads, Logging and Passage Trail, Research Plot, Private Recreation Camp, River, Lakes, Wetlands and Streams. Proposed site plans include buffered areas for protection of waterways to allow for movement of wildlife.  Plans include areas for the production of hay as well as built infrastructure, and pasture or silvopasture areas for grazing of livestock.

Project Location and Site Description

District: Cochrane

Municipality: Opasatika

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Administrative Region: Northeast Region, Hearst District

Size of Proposed Pilot Site:

The total proposed pilot site is approximately 5,125 acres (approx. 2,074 Ha).

Forest Management Unit: Gordon Cosens

Sustainable Forestry Licence Holder: The current Sustainable Forestry Licence (SFL) holder is Rayonier Advanced Materials.

Roads: Fergus road runs along the entire western edge of the site. This is not a year-round maintained road. There also appears to be some previously used, internal access roads. These may have been used to access the site for forest harvest and/or planting.

Watersheds: The site is within the tertiary watershed of Opasatika and the secondary watershed of Missinaibi-Mattagami.

Waterbodies: The Opasatika River extends from the southwest to northeastern perimeters of the site, with several adjoining streams. There are two wetland areas and one lake. Wetland areas and the lake all appear to be limited in area.

Agricultural Capability: The site is comprised largely of agricultural land suitable for livestock farming. Part of the site is comprised of organic soils, which are not suitable for livestock farming.

Additional Site Information:

  • A private recreation camp occurs within the application area located on the Opasatika River
  • A small private parcel occurs within the applications area adjacent to the Opasatika River
  • The application area contains 5 forest research plots

Crown Land Use Policies:

Crown Land Use Policy G1736, "Kapuskasing Resource Extraction Area" covers the majority of Opasatika Site 2. Crown Land Use Policy G1737, "Highway Number 11 Corridor" covers a limited amount of Opasatika Site 2 at the northern tip of the site. OMAFRA has submitted a request for review and amendment as necessary, of existing Crown land use policies to allow for agriculture to occur as a permitted use on proposed Crown land Pilot sites.

The table below provides an overview of current Crown Land Use Polices regarding agriculture for the proposed pilot site.

Crown Land Use Policy Policy Details
G1736, "Kapuskasing Resource Extraction Area" Activity: Crown Land Disposition, Agriculture
Permitted: No
Guidelines: Crown land will be disposed of in this area only to facilitate expansion of existing adjacent farms.
G1737, "Highway Number 11 Corridor"

Activity: Crown Land Disposition, Agriculture
Permitted: Yes
Guidelines: This Ministry will permit the disposition of approximately 1,000 hectares of previously cleared Crown agricultural lands for agricultural purposes. In addition, this Ministry will support agricultural expansion into significant amounts of previously cleared private land which are currently not in production.

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