97. Subject to section 95.4, the Minister may, on the conditions he determines, sell standing timber and timber harvested in public forest reserves by public auction.
The Minister may, with the authorization of the Government,
(1) determine classes of bidders;
(2) limit the sale to the holders of wood processing plant operating permits of a particular region;
(3) fix the minimum price of a sale.
This section does not apply to timber harvested under a forest management contract contemplated in section 102 or to standing timber in forest areas the management of which has been entrusted to a person by the Minister under such a contract, or to timber harvested in an experimental forest, a forest educative centre, a research forest or a forest station.
Where the Minister entrusts the carrying out of forest management activities in forest reserves to Rexfor, he may authorize the latter to sell, for its own account, any timber harvested by it in carrying out such activities. Except for the purposes of section 95.4, the sales shall be made by public auction and shall comply, as the case may be, with the provisions of the second paragraph.
1986, c. 108, s. 97; 1988, c. 73, s. 44; 1993, c. 55, s. 17; 1997, c. 33, s. 10.