Licence No. 542585

Approved by Order-in-Council O.C. 1777/2001
dated July 18, 2001
And as amended as set out in Appendix “G”
And as most recently amended by Order in Council O.C. 1466/2018
dated December 12, 2018

Subject to the Crown Forest Sustainability Act and the regulations thereto, and the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth, a licence is granted to Bancroft Minden Forest Company Inc. (herein called “the Company”) located at 27578 Hwy 62 South, Bancroft, Ontario to harvest the following species of forest resources from the Licence Area in the Bancroft-Minden Forest, which Licence Area is described in Appendix “A” hereto, for the term of this licence; and the Company is required to carry out renewal and maintenance activities in the Licence Area, on behalf of the Minister, which are necessary to provide for the sustainability of the Crown forest.

Tree species

All species

Terms and conditions

This licence has been executed and delivered by the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry this 18th day of January, 2019.

Original signed by the Honourable John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry for the Province of Ontario

Appendix “A”

Legal description of licence area

All that parcel or tract of land in the Territorial Districts of Nipissing and the District Municipality of Muskoka, and the Counties of Haliburton, Victoria, Peterborough, and Hastings as identified on the plan map dated the 9th day of August, 2018, prepared by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, a print of which said map is attached and forms part of this Appendix.

Saving and excepting thereout and therefrom all those lands which have been alienated from the Crown, Ontario and all areas identified as First Nations, other Federal land, parks and conservation reserves as shown for illustration purposes on the attached map.

Appendix “B”

Procedure for the periodic review of a company’s obligations with respect to a Sustainable Forest Licence

  1. An independent review team will conduct a review of the Company’s compliance with the terms and conditions of this licence for the period April 1, 2006 to March 31, 2011 and every five Year period thereafter.
  2. The Minister will appoint a review team of no less than three persons, one of whom must be a professional forester as defined in the Crown Forest Sustainability Act. The review team will possess qualifications and experience in at least the following areas:
    1. business management science, and evaluation,
    2. recent and relevant experience in forest management planning and operations in forest ecosystems similar to that in which the audit is being conducted
    3. biology with specialization in terrestrial ecosystems.
  3. Prior to the formalization of the review team, the Company shall be given the opportunity to identify to the Minister any material conflict of interest that a review team member may have in relation to the Company. Where the Minister is satisfied that such material conflict may exist, the Minister may replace that review team member.
  4. The Minister will issue the review team with terms of reference that require the review team to review, at a minimum, the performance of the Company in respect of its obligations on the Bancroft-Minden Forest as described in the following paragraphs of this licence:

    4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.6, 6.7, 6.8, 7.1, 7.2, 9.4, 9.5, 9.6, 10.1, 10.3, 10.4, 10.5, 11.1, 11.4, 12.3, 12.6, 13.1, 16.2, 16.6, 16.7, 16.8, 20.1, 21.1, 21.2 and 21.3.

  5. The review team will select and inspect harvest cuts, silvicultural projects and road construction projects which are typical of the techniques employed on the Management Unit for conformity with the approved Forest Management Plans and the field application of implementation manuals and silvicultural ground rules, and the records that support them.
  6. The review team will consult with management staff of the Company to identify and address problem areas or concerns on the part of the Company with respect to this licence, its administration and the working relationship with Ministry staff.
  7. The review team will consult with district Ministry staff to identify and address problem areas or concerns on the part of the Ministry with respect to this licence, its administration and the working relationship with the Company’s staff.
  8. The review team will consult with the public and the Local Citizens Committee for the Bancroft-Minden Forest to identify and address problem areas or concerns on the part of the public or that committee with respect to the Company’s performance in the preparation and implementation of the Forest Management Plan for the Management Unit.
  9. The review team will:
    1. prepare a written report setting out both positive and negative observations, together with conclusions and recommendations resulting from the review;
    2. publish its report no later than four months after the initiation of the review;
    3. submit the report to the Minister; and
    4. recommend to the Minister whether the term of this licence should be extended for five years.
  10. After the review team submits its report to the Minister, the Company will have an opportunity to review the review team’s report, and to provide its response thereto to the Minister. The Company’s response shall be provided to the Minister in writing within 30 days of the review report being provided to the Company.
  11. After receipt by the Minister of the Company’s response to the report of the review team or the expiration of the 30 day period for providing such response, the Minister shall take whatever action the Minister deems appropriate in relation to that report, and the Company shall take such action as is prescribed by the Minister.

Appendix “C”

Eligible Silviculture Work

The cost of Eligible Silviculture Work that can be claimed from the Forest Renewal Trust includes direct employee costs and contractor costs associated with:

  1. Natural Regeneration
    1. Harvest and Regeneration Option
    2. Modified Harvest Cutting
  2. Tree Marking
  3. Artificial Regeneration
    1. Tree Planting -bareroot, container, cuttings and other
    2. Seeding - direct and with site preparation (including cost of seed and application)
  4. Site Preparation
    1. Mechanical
    2. Chemical (including cost of chemical and application)
    3. Slash Piling (chipper and debris)
    4. Prescribed Burn
    5. Scarification (natural)
  5. Tending
    1. Cleaning
    2. Spacing
    3. Pre-Commercial Thinning
    4. Improvement Cut (uneven-aged & even-aged)
  6. Renewal Support
    1. Cone Collection and Transport
    2. Seed Extraction, Storage, Testing and Transport
    3. Tree Improvement
    4. Stock Purchase and Delivery (bareroot, container, cuttings and other)
  7. Silviculture Surveys and Associated Information
    1. Surveys, e.g., Free to Grow, establishment, performance, not sufficiently regenerated etc.
    2. Supplemental Aerial Photography
    3. Silviculture Planning and Reporting
  8. Other Eligible Silviculture
    1. Associated Administrative Overhead based on 10% of the total Eligible Silviculture Work (pre-HST) claimed from the Forest Renewal Trust
    2. Silviculture Wages & Expenses
  9. And other such activities as identified by the Minister from time to time

Ineligible Expenses:

  1. The following activities or expenses are not eligible for claims against the Forest Renewal Trust:
    1. Commercial Thinning
    2. Boundary marking

Appendix “D”

Minimum balances

Management unit account

Bancroft-Minden Forest
(Licence no. 542585)

Time periodBancroftMindenTotal
April 1, 1995 - March 31, 1996$185,800.00$41,500.00$227,300.00
April 1, 1996 - March 31, 1997$137,400.00$30,800.00$168,200.00
April 1, 1997 - March 31, 1998$137,400.00$30,800.00$168,200.00
April 1, 1998 - March 31, 1999$189,500.00$42,400.00$231,900.00
Total transitional funding$650,100.00$145,500.00$795,600.00

Note: Minimum balance is the balance as of March 31, 1999 and each March 31 thereafter. This balance equals the amount of the total transitional funding paid to the Account by the Crown to ensure that there are adequate funds to perform forest renewal on the unit. Where there are Subaccounts, the minimum balance for the Management Unit Account will be the total minimum balance required for all Subaccounts.

Appendix “E”

Wood supply commitments

The Company shall comply with the following wood supply commitments on the Bancroft-Minden Forest:

Appendix “F”

Special conditions

  1. This licence does not abrogate, derogate from or add to any aboriginal or treaty right that is recognized and affirmed by Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.
  2. This licence is subject to any rights that may come into existence after the date of this Licence as the result of land claim negotiations among the Government of Ontario, the Government of Canada and the Algonquins.

Appendix “G”

Summary of Sustainable Forest Licence amendments

PurposeMechanismApprovalOIC DateDate Licence AmendedReference
OLL site and wording update to SFLOrder in CouncilOIC 839/2002March 6, 2002May 30, 2002Bancrof - 1
OLL site and wording update to SFLMinister’s Approval  May 22, 2003Bancrof - 2
OLL site and wording update to SFL WithdrawalOrder in CouncilOIC 640/2005April 20, 2005May 12, 2005Bancrof - 3
Updated ComplianceMinister’s Approval  May 24, 2005Bancrof - 4
Appendix F changes, wording updateMinister’s Approval   Bancrof - 5
Extension of termOrder in CouncilO.C. 386/2011March 23, 2011 Bancrof - 6
Update paragraphs 2.1 and 3.1, update Appendix “C”, update map, administrative changesMinister’s Approval  January 18, 2019Bancrof - 7
Extension of term from 2026 to 2038Order in CouncilO.C. 1466/2018December 12, 2018January 18, 2019SFL Term Extension