96.1. Where substantial destruction has been caused to timber stands in a forest area by natural disasters, or where a forest area is required for a hydroelectric development and designated for that purpose by order of the Government, the Minister shall prepare and administer a special forest management plan, notwithstanding sections 25, 27 and 171, for such period and on such conditions as he may determine, to ensure wood salvage. The Minister may, where it is considered necessary by the Minister because of the potential loss of a volume of timber, allow the annual allowable cut to be exceeded, for the time and on the conditions determined by the Minister.
Every contractor under a forest management contract referred to in section 102 who carries out a contract in the forest area shall comply with the special plan. Upon his failure to comply, the annual volume of timber authorized under the management permit shall be reduced, for the current or a subsequent year, by the volume he is required to salvage under the special plan.
For the implementation of a special plan, the Minister may grant financial assistance to any contractor or any person to whom he entrusts the carrying out of forest management activities who applies therefor in writing. Such assistance may be in the form of a credit on the dues payable under this Act by such contractor or person.
1993, c. 55, s. 16; 2001, c. 6, s. 86.