16.2. A permit holder who operates a sugar bush for acericultural purposes is entitled to the renewal of his permit if he meets the following requirements:
(1) he complies with the prescriptions of the permit and the regulatory provisions applicable to his forest management activities;
(2) he has submitted his report of activities to the Minister and, where applicable, the sworn statement referred to in section 16.1.1;
(3) he has operated his sugar bush at an average of 50% or more of its tapping capacity during the last five years or, in the case of renewal of a first permit, during the last four years.
However, the Minister may exclude from the territory of the sugar bush any area that has been classified as an exceptional forest ecosystem, where the Minister considers that the operation of the sugar bush is liable to have an adverse effect on the maintenance of biological diversity. In such a case, the Government shall, after giving the permit holder an opportunity to present observations, compensate the permit holder for the loss suffered, in the amount considered fair by the Government on the basis of the value of the property and infrastructures used to operate the sugar bush.
1988, c. 73, s. 7; 1993, c. 55, s. 5; 2001, c. 6, s. 10; 2003, c. 16, s. 6.