Opasatika Proposed Site 3
Northern Livestock Pilot - Opasatika Site 3
Project Location and Site Description
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 2,603 acres (approx. 1,053 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 eastern 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: Crow Creek and several streams, small lakes and wetlands occur within the site.
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:
- The application area contains a heron nest
- The application area contains moose aquatic feeding areas
- The application area contains a small research area
Crown Land Use Policies:
Crown Land Use Policy G1736, "Kapuskasing Resource Extraction Area" covers the majority of Opasatika Site 3. Crown Land Use Policy G1737, "Highway Number 11 Corridor" covers a limited amount of Opasatika Site 3 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
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
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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