Meadow Lake Provincial Park Forest Operating Plan

About

In the fall of 2019, Tolko, in partnership with Carrier Forest Products, was awarded the contract for the development and implementation of a forest operating plan for the Meadow Lake Provincial Park (MLPP). This Operating Plan is aligned with a strategic 20-Year Forest Conservation Management Plan (FCMP) for the Meadow Lake Provincial Park (MLPP) and the Ecosystem Based Management Plan developed for MLPP, both developed by the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport.

The plan is being submitted by Tolko, for activities including, harvesting, road construction, road maintenance / reclamation, tree planting, scarification, and surveying. This operating plan covers the approval period from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2025. The operating plan is being submitted to the Ministry of Park, Culture and Sport and the Ministry of Environment, Forest Service for review and approval.

Tolko and Carrier Forest Products, working with Mistik Management, have transferred management of this project and the accompanying Forest Products Permit to Mistik Management. The Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport, together with the Ministry of Environment, Forest Service, approved the development and implementation of a plan for harvest activities within Meadow Lake Provincial Park by Waterhen Lake First Nation, supported by Mistik Management Ltd. with respect to the planning of forest operations. Waterhen Lake First Nation will be engaged with harvest activities upon their ancestral lands within the Park. These activities are expected to commence in February 2021.

Forest type Map

What's New

Date:

Harvesting activities and the Mistik log haul is complete in block VL001. (Firewood Update & Photos)




Processing in VL001
Concluding Processing in Block VL001 (Taken week of March 22-26)



Harvest Haul
Log Haul in Block VL001 (Taken week of March 22-26)



Personal Use Firewood:

Firewood for the Park is currently being hauled out of the block.

Personal firewood will be made available sometime after April 1st.

Note:

Please contact Meadow Lake Provincial Park Office to find out when wood will be available and to obtain your permit.

Firewood Sign
Personal firewood will be made available sometime after April 1st. (Taken week of March 22-26)



Reclamation and Silviculture:

The roads within the block will be reclaimed over the next week.

Silviculture treatment will take place in the coming months.




Harvested Block
Block VL001 After Harvest (Taken week of March 22-26)

The log haul will be active during the day and the firewood will be made available after the log haul is finished for everyone’s safety.

The log haul will start the Night of March 9th. (Firewood Update & Photo)

Personal Use Firewood:

The log haul will be active during the day and the firewood will be made available after the log haul is finished for everyone’s safety.

Note:

Please be sure that you have obtained a firewood permit from the Meadow Lake Provincial Park Office before you collect any wood.

Staged Firewood
Staged Firewood to be made available after the haul(Taken week of March 8-12th)



- The harvest of Block VL001 is near completion and should be completed early next week. (Safety and Firewood Info & Harvest Photos)

Regen within the harvest block
Regen within the harvest block (Taken week of March 1-5th)



REMINDER:

The harvest area is a high hazard work site and is posted as such. Please do not enter this work site unless you have contacted the Contractor and they are aware you are on site

If you wish to visit the site, arrangements can be made to tour you around safely by contacting Misitk's representative, April Lesko at 1(306)981-2464.

Processing wood in the harvest block
Processing wood in the harvest block (Taken week of March 1-5th)



Log Haul:

The log haul has been rescheduled to start the Night of March 10th,. Updates will be provided, and the start date will be confirmed as operations progress.

Personal Use Firewood:

Personal use firewood will be staged at a marked location to ensure everyone's safety. We will provide you an update when the wood is available to collect.

The log haul will be active during the day and the firewood will be made available after the log haul is finished for everyone’s safety.

Note:

Please be sure that you have obtained a firewood permit from the Meadow Lake Provincial Park Office before you collect any wood.

Boreal Trail:

The trail has been checked and cleared to allow safe passage. We will continue to monitor the trail when cutting activities along the south side of the trail resumes next week.

North Side of Boreal Trail - Harvest Complete
North Side of Boreal Trail - Harvest Complete(Taken week of March 1-5th)



The haul for block VL-001 will start on Monday March 8th

Harvest of Block VL001 is well underway. Due to time constraints, this will be the only block harvested in the park for the 2020-2021 Approved Operating Plan. (Safety and Firewood Info & Harvest Photos)

Processor in block VL-001
Processor in Block VL-001 (Taken week of February 22-26th)



REMINDER:

The harvest area is a high hazard work site and is posted as such. Please do not enter this work site unless you have contacted the Contractor and they are aware you are on site.

If you wish to visit the site, arrangements can be made to tour you around safely by contacting Misitk's representative, April Lesko at 1(306)981-2464.

Processor at Entrance to block VL-001
Processor at entrance of Block VL-001 (Taken week of February 22-26th)



Log Haul:

The log haul has been rescheduled to tentatively start the week of March 8th. Updates will be provided, and the start date will be confirmed as operations progress.

Personal Use Firewood:

Personal use firewood will be staged at a marked location to ensure everyone's safety. We will provide you an update when the wood is available to collect.

The log haul will be active during the day and the firewood will be made available after the log haul is finished for everyone’s safety.

Note:

Please be sure that you have obtained a firewood permit from the Meadow Lake Provincial Park Office before you collect any wood.

Boreal Trail:

there has been some harvest along the trail from the stables, heading East approximately 500m. The trail has been checked and cleared to allow safe passage. We will continue to monitor the trail when cutting activities along the trail resume.

Boreal Trail Harvest
Harvest Along Boreal Trail (Taken week of February 22-26th)



Boreal Trail Cleanup
Boreal Trail Cleanup (Taken week of February 22-26th)



Harvest operations started on block VL001 February 18, 2021 and will resume on Monday, February 22, 2021. (Haul Route, Boreal Trail Signs & Harvest Photos)

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Skidded Pile (2/4)
Work Site Signage (3/4)
Marking the Boreal Trail(4/4)
Vivian Lake Block VL001 Harvest Photos (Taken February 18th)

Log Haul:

The log haul is tentatively planned to start the week of March 1st, 2021. Updates will be provided, and a start date will be confirmed as harvest operations progress.

All Ministry of Highways requirements will be followed. Signage will be posted as required and road maintenance will take place as the haul is happening to keep the road in good travel condition.




Small map of Vivian Lake Haul Route East on Highway 224 and south on Highway 4 to Meadow Lake
Vivian Lake Log Haul

Trucks will travel from Vivian Lake on highway 224 through the park, then pass through Dorintosh on to Meadow Lake. The speed limit for trucks will be monitored by GPS.

As trucks pass by the Kimball Lake residential area, they will be prohibited from using engine retarder breaks.


Signage along the Boreal Trail
Boreal Trail Signage (Taken February 18th)



Harvesting will begin on or after February 22 for Vivian Lake Block VL-002 and after March 1 for VL-007. (Block Maps)

Small map of harvest block VL-001 Legend of Map Symbols

Vivian Lake Block VL-001's harvesting is scheduled to commence on February 15th, 2021. (Pre Harvest Photos & Video Taken)

The Boreal Trail will remain open during harvest operations in Block VL001. There may be small delays when operations are active near the trail. Signs will be posted to advise trail users that they are entering an active operations site, please be aware when entering. Harvest operations will be directed away from the trail and expedited in that area to limit any interruption.

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Boreal Trail (7/8)
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Vivian Lake Block VL-001 Pre Harvest Photos (Taken: February 8th, 2021)



Video of West Vivian Lake Block VL-001 Pre Harvest From Stable to Hwy 224 (Taken: February 8th, 2021)



The tentative start date for harvesting in VL-001 is February 9th. (Block Map)

Small map of harvest block VL-001 Legend of Map Symbols

Operating Plan

This Operating Plan is being developed to assist Parks with the implementation of their Forest Conservation Management Plan by managing the forest resource to maintain a healthy forest ecosystem with a variety of forest types and ages.

Every person who holds a licence for the harvesting of forest products and who is required by the Forest Resources Management Act to submit an operating plan to the minister for approval shall ensure that an operating plan is prepared in accordance with the Forest Operating Plan Standard for each licence area.

Current Operating Plan documents are provided below:

Operating Plan Maps

Current Operating Plan Maps:

Public Engagement

Public Engagement

Resources on the MLPP support various activities of other forest users. The forest plays an active role in peoples’ lives including trapping, outfitting, grazing, tourism, fishing, hunting, and outdoor recreation. In preparation for the submission of the 2020-2025 Operating Plan, Tolko, Carrier, and MLPP staff have met with and documented feedback received from First Nations communities, cabin owners, trappers, outfitters, and other stakeholders. Stakeholder input was received through community open houses, one on one meetings, phone calls, email communication, and field tours. Stakeholder engagement mechanisms are continually being modified and adjusted to meet peoples’ needs and expectations, and legal requirements. The goal is to reach interested people and communities in whatever manner is most effective.

In addition to the engagement outreach described above, public information sessions were held in Greig Lake and Meadow Lake on November 13, 2019.

Tolko and Carrier also have an obligation to engage with First Nations and Metis communities. Registered letters were sent to three First Nations communities which could be directly impacted by this operating plan. As well, Tolko and Carrier attends any meetings requested by a First Nation or Metis group.

Tolko documents engagement in the form of a Stakeholder Database which summarizes the consultation and engagement with stakeholders. A summary of the Commitment Report from this database has been provided to the Ministry in digital format with this submission. In preparing this plan, Tolko has accommodated other forest users where possible. Commitments and changes made to the plan, if spatial, are identified on the 1:15,000 scale maps as a Stakeholder Commitment. Another stakeholder category created for this OP is an Area of Concern (AOC) that resides on the Stakeholder Commitment layer within the GIS. The AOC’s are expanded buffers along larger lakes and water courses and located based on stakeholder input. If Dwarf Mistletoe is identified in an AOC, the infected jack pine will be harvested. In addition to the Stakeholder Commitment layer on the operating plan maps, Tolko also created an additional GIS layer to further inform the planning and engagement process. This is the Active Stakeholder Trail layer which identifies known active trails that will be left open upon completion of harvest. Many of these trails were identified through field tours and communication with local stakeholders.

Mistik will continue the stakeholder database and GIS layers developed by Tolko as well as the commitments agreed to by Tolko during the planning process.

Public Information Sessions

Details on upcoming public information sessions:

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, public information sessions are not planned. This website has been developed to share the Operating Plan. Please contact us with your comments via the link provided.

Duty to Consult

It is the duty of the Government of Saskatchewan to consult, and if appropriate accommodate, First Nations or Metis locals if the actions contemplated by the Government could adversely affect Aboriginal rights. The Government of Saskatchewan has a duty to consult to identify potential adverse impacts on the exercise of established or credibly claimed Treaty and Aboriginal rights, such as the right to hunt, fish, and trap for food, and the carrying out of traditional uses (Rights and Traditional Uses), on unoccupied Crown land, or occupied Crown land, or public water bodies to which First Nations and Métis have a right-of-access.

Contact Us

Questions or feedback can be sent to:

info@mlppwaterhenmistik.ca

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