What We Do

Our Mission is to enhance value through the provision of high quality, timely and cost effective forest management services on the Bancroft Minden Forest.

The Bancroft Minden Forest Company is a private organization owned by the forest industry of the area. It was staffed and incorporated in 1998 to conduct forest management activities on Crown (public) land in response to the Ontario government’s plan to transfer more forest management responsibility to the forest industry.

Ontario’s Crown forest is divided into geographic planning areas, known as forest management units. Most of these units are managed by individual forest companies under a Sustainable Forest License. The Bancroft Minden Forest Company holds the Sustainable Forest License (SFL# 542585) for Crown land in the Bancroft Minden Forest (Management Unit 220), an area of approximately 250,000 hectares.

Our Shareholders include 9 sawmills, 13 independent logging companies, and one pulp mill. With the exception of the pulp mill, all shareholders are independent, local, family-owned businesses with deep roots in the community. Many have been in business for generations and are planning for future generations. Shareholders are responsible for harvest and access operations, marketing of forest products, and ensuring their operations are carried out in accordance with applicable legislation and standards. 

Before any forestry activities can take place in a management unit, there must be an approved forest management plan in place. 

Our Mandate

Under its Sustainable Forest License (SFL), granted by the Ministry of Norther Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry, The Bancroft Minden Forest Company assumes responsibility for: Planning, Monitoring, Renewing & Reporting.

Planning

• Author a Forest Management Plan (FMP) every 10 years, as part of a multi-disciplinary team that includes local Indigenous Community representatives, Government officials and Local Citizens’ Committee involvement.

• Develop an Annual Work Schedule that details where annual operations are planned.

• Prescribe sustainable harvest operations by gathering, recording and assessing forest information to develop a detailed site-specific prescription.

Monitoring

  • Inspect all forest operations to ensure they comply with strict government rules and regulations.
  • Assess regeneration to ensure all operations are renewed to standards described in the forest management plan.

Renewing

Conduct follow-up renewal operations post-harvest to ensure the establishment of the future forest.

Reporting

Prepare publicly available annual reports and analysis that describe progress in implementing the forest management plan.

Scope of Practice

The Bancroft Minden Forest Company does not directly operate on the land but supports 23 different Shareholders who carry out forestry activities. Management is done strictly on Crown land. We do not plan or conduct any operations on Private land.

 

Scope of Practice

The Bancroft Minden Forest Company does not directly operate on the land but supports 23 different Shareholders who carry out forestry activities. Management is done strictly on Crown land. We do not plan or conduct any operations on Private land.

 

FSC® Statement

We believe that sustainable management is a cornerstone of long-term business and environmental health. BMFC has been a Certified Forest Manager since November 2012.