Most roads used by forest industry are already built or have existing roadbeds because of their historical use for resource extraction, settlement, cottaging or recreation.
Roads Across Crown Land
Individuals or groups may have built and/or maintained, through permits, roads across Crown Land. It must be understood that:
- Those groups have no ownership of the road
- Conditions of the permit allow other forest users, including forest industry, use of the road
- Forest industry must leave the road in as good or better condition
Future Use of Forest Access Roads
Forest industry often remove water crossings at the completion of operations. Groups or individuals map negotiate with MNRF a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to assume responsibility for the water crossing and/or road. Considerations are:
- Complements other MNRF programs/policies
- Requires monitoring & maintenance
- May require cost sharing with forest industry
- Crossing size may need to be changed
- Indication of interest must be submitted for MOA – the earlier the better
- MOA information sheet with sample agreement available from MNRF
Respect. Honesty. Integrity.
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