In force: 2018-04-01
70. The construction or improvement of a road segment longer than 100 m is prohibited in an open peat bog, unless that work is carried out to develop a felling or hauling trail, a trail not intended for motorized all-terrain vehicles or a winter road. The trails and winter roads must be used only where the bearing capacity of the ground allows it, depending on the logging machine, so as not to create ruts.
The first paragraph does not apply if the topography or hydrography of the site does not allow for the construction or improvement of a road elsewhere than in the open peat bog and, in accordance with section 41 of the Sustainable Forest Development Act (chapter A-18.1), the construction or improvement of the road has been authorized by the Minister, or the performance of such work is authorized under a forestry permit or a contract or agreement entered into under that Act. Those situations must be the subject of written applications justifying a departure from the first paragraph and indicating the alternative measures proposed to ensure the protection of the open peat bog. The Minister consults the Minister responsible for the administration of the Environment Quality Act (chapter Q-2) where the situations described in the second paragraph require the construction or improvement of the road over a distance of more than 100 m in an open peat bog.