This consultation closes at 11:59 p.m. on:
March 11, 2021
We are updating the Fire Management Planning Guideline for Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves to reflect proposed policy changes. Changes to the guideline will help staff develop fire management direction for these protected areas and enhance opportunities for ecological benefits of fire within broader frameworks guiding fire management.
Purpose of policy
The purpose of the guideline is to assist staff in developing fire management direction for provincial parks and conservation reserves. Guidance is provided on: assessing opportunities for wildland fire and prescribed burning; identifying assets and resources requiring protection, and; documenting fire management direction.
Fire management planning for provincial parks and conservation reserves is a process for:
- identifying opportunities for achieving the ecological benefits of fire
- preventing negative impacts to human life and property
Fire management direction for provincial parks and conservation reserves is prepared in accordance with:
- the fire management policy
- the fire management planning guideline
Ontario’s Fire Management Planning Guideline for Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves
The existing fire management planning guideline helps staff to:
- assess the type of fire management that is appropriate for a provincial park or conservation reserve
- assess and document opportunities for wildland fire benefits and prescribed burning in provincial park and conservation reserve management plans
- prepare a fire response plan or fire management plan if more detailed planning is needed to guide wildland fire response
We are proposing changes to:
- align with strategic direction in the Wildland Fire Management Strategy
- support proposed updates to the Fire Management Policy for Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves (ERO 019-0414)
- streamline fire management planning for more efficient delivery of information to support wildland fire response decisions
The proposed changes include:
- replacing fire response plans with guidance on preparing assets, resources and opportunities maps
- streamlining guidance for preparing a fire management plan
- updating guidance on assessing opportunities for wildland fire benefits and prescribed burning during protected areas management planning and examinations
- reducing details on planning and administrative processes
These changes will result in:
- a more efficient process for preparing fire management direction for provincial parks and conservation reserves
- enhanced opportunities to use fire to achieve ecological benefits
The Fire Management Policy for Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves is being updated concurrently with proposed changes to the guideline. Consultation on the policy and guideline are being conducted concurrently. See ERO number 019-0414 to learn more about proposed changes to the policy.
The proposed policy and guideline were developed jointly by Ontario Parks (Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks) and Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services (Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry).
Public consultation opportunities
Indigenous communities and provincial treaty organizations have been informed of the proposed policy and invited to comment. Key stakeholders have also been notified of the consultation opportunity.
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