A-18.1 - Sustainable Forest Development Act

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38. The Government may, by regulation, prescribe sustainable forest development standards for anyone carrying on a forest development activity in a forest in the domain of the State. The main object of the standards is to ensure the preservation or renewal of the forest cover, the protection of the forest environment, the conciliation of forest development activities with the activities pursued by Native people and other users of the forest, and the compatibility of forest development activities with the use of land in the domain of the State under the land use plan provided for in the Act respecting the lands in the domain of the State (chapter T-8.1).
Among other things, the standards may cover
(1)  the area, location and spatial organization of forest operations and the residual forest areas after those operations;
(2)  the protection of lakes, watercourses, riparian areas and wetlands;
(3)  the protection of soil and water quality;
(4)  the installation and use of piling, lopping, sawing and transfer areas;
(5)  the location, construction, improvement, repair, maintenance and decommissioning of roads;
(6)  the site of forest camps, sugar bush buildings and equipment and other infrastructures;
(7)  the regulation of forest development activities in order to protect various resources, sites or land units;
(8)  the forest development activities affecting wildlife protection, management and utilization activities in controlled territories within the meaning of the Act respecting the conservation and development of wildlife (chapter C-61.1);
(9)  the application of silvicultural treatments, including marking activities; and
(10)  the protection of forest regeneration.
The Government may also determine, by regulation, the provisions of the regulation whose violation constitutes an offence and specify, from among the fines prescribed in section 245, the one to which an offender is liable for a given offence.
2010, c. 3, s. 38.