17.1.1. This Act establishes the position of chief forester. The chief forester shall exercise the functions entrusted to the chief forester by this Act, with the independence granted by the Act, and in keeping with the principle of sustainable development.
The Government shall appoint a chief forester from among at least three persons approved by a committee following a selection process established by the Government. The committee is to be composed of three members appointed by the Government.
The chief forester shall hold the position of associate deputy minister for a five-year term in accordance with the Public Service Act (chapter F‐3.1.1).
The term may be renewed by the Government.