Why are We Asking for Your Opinion?

Under Ontario's Independent Forest Audit Program, each Forest Management Unit is audited every five years to ensure it is following approved plans and being managed sustainably.
This year ArborVitae Environmental Services, an independent company, is auditing the management of the Algonquin Park Forest by the Algonquin Forestry Authority (AFA) and by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF).  The Audit covers the period April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2017. 
The audit is based on an inspection of sites in the forest, review of planning documents, and interviews with stakeholders and forest managers at both the AFA and the MNRF. ArborVitae team members will be in the Algonquin area from Monday Oct 30 to Friday Nov 3 2017 to inspect a sample of forest operations, conduct interviews and review documents.
We would value your perspectives on how the Forest has been managed during the past five years.  Your comments will help the auditors understand how well the AFA and MNRF have considered the interests and concerns of people interested in the Algonquin Park Forest.  If you would like to share your thoughts, please respond to some or all of the following questions.  All responses will remain confidential within the audit team.
For more information about the Algonquin Park Forest, please visit the MNRF's Forest Management Web site where forest management plans and other documents are available:  http://www.efmp.lrc.gov.on.ca/eFMP/home.do

For more information about the forest manager (the AFA) you may visit their web site:  http://www.algonquinforestry.on.ca.


* 1. Did you participate in the 2015 Forest Management Planning Process?

* 2. Please describe your interest in the Algonquin Park Forest.

* 3. If you participated in the planning process, what was the nature of your participation and were you satisfied that your input or concerns were listened to?

* 4. How has the condition of the Algonquin Park Forest changed in the last 10 years?

* 5. Do you think the Algonquin Park Forest is being managed sustainably?

* 6. Are there any locations where operations were undertaken in the last five years that you would like us to inspect during the audit?  Please provide the specific location(s) and tell us why you would like us to visit these sites.

* 7. Do you have any specific concerns or comments regarding management of the Algonquin Park Forest?

* 8. Are there any other comments you would like to provide?

* 9. We may want to to follow up on your comments/concerns.  If this is OK, please leave your contact information (phone and/or e-mail).