The Nawiinginokiima Forest Management Corporation (NFMC) was established in 2012 as the province of Ontario’s first Local Forest Management Corporation (LFMC) under the Ontario Forest Tenure Modernization Act after more than a year of discussions with a local working group consisting of representatives from each of the local and First Nations communities within the NFMC’s proposed management area, existing Sustainable Forest License holders, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. The name Nawiinginokiima (pronounced naw-win-gin-know-kee-mah) was recommended by the local working group and is an Ojibway word translated loosely to mean “working together.”
As a LFMC, the NFMC operates within a defined management area that includes the communities of the Ojibways of the Pic River First Nation, Pic Mobert First Nation, Hornepayne Aboriginal community, Marathon, Hornepayne, Manitouwadge and White River.
The NFMC currently manages two forest management units: the Pic and White River. These managements units encompass approximately 1.5 million hectares of productive Crown forest with an available harvest volume of 1.1 million m³ of conifer and 543,000 m³ of hardwood fibre annually based on current Forest Management Plans.
We recognize the important contribution of Nawiinginokiima Forest Management Corporation in helping to maintain a strong forest sector and opportunities in Northern Ontario. By managing an area of almost 2 million hectares of forest, Nawiinginokiima is creating and protecting jobs, while providing a steady flow of wood to major mills in the area. Our government recognizes the vital role this industry plays in many northern communities and our draft Forest Sector Strategy focuses on keeping our forests healthy and productive, so those managing our forests can continue to support the economy and provide people with jobs.”