73.1. The dues that an agreement holder is required to pay are payable in cash or by way of silvicultural treatments carried out, in accordance with section 60, to attain the annual yields and the objectives assigned to the management unit.
The Minister may authorize, as payment of dues, any other activity intended to promote the protection or development of forest resources.
To be admitted as payment of dues, the silvicultural treatments or other forest management activities applied or carried out by the agreement holder must have been accepted by the Minister following the presentation of the annual report prescribed by section 70.
The Minister may also authorize, as payment of dues, the financing, by the agreement holder, of any activity for the protection or development of forest resources carried out by a third person in a forest management unit, a public forest reserve or a private forest, in accordance with this Act. It must be evidenced in a prior agreement, approved by the Minister on the conditions he may determine, between the agreement holder and the person to whom financing is granted for the carrying out of the activities. The prior agreement must provide for, in particular, the establishment of an activity plan, the costs of carrying out such activities and their sources of financing as well as a report approved by a forest engineer in the case of forest management activities or, in any other case, by a professional designated by the Minister, on the activities carried out in the year. The conditions governing the granting of credits applicable to the payment of the prescribed dues shall be determined by regulation of the Government.
However, contributions paid by an agreement holder to a regional agency for private forest development pursuant to section 124.29 or contributions paid pursuant to section 73.4 are not admitted as payment of dues.
The Minister shall reimburse to an agreement holder any sum corresponding to the amount of credits accepted by the Minister under this section in payment of dues for a given year that is in excess of the dues that must be paid by the holder in respect of the timber harvested during the term of the agreement holder’s forest management permit. However, this sum must be reduced by any contributions owed to the forestry component of the Natural Resources Fund or assessments owed to a forest protection organization recognized by the Minister under this Act.
1990, c. 17, s. 11; 1995, c. 37, s. 8; 1996, c. 14, s. 4; 1997, c. 33, s. 6; 2001, c. 6, s. 56; 2003, c. 16, s. 21; 2001, c. 6, s. 56; 2011, c. 16, s. 51.