Chapter III – Protection of aquatic environments, riparian areas, wetlands and soils
Division II – Open peat bogs (unwooded) with a pond, marshes, riparian shrub swamps, lakes and permanent watercourses
Sections 27 and 28 do not apply to the holder of a forestry permit issued for forest development activities carried out by a holder of mining rights where the holder carries out mining exploration work, to the holder of a forestry permit issued for wildlife, recreational or agricultural development projects, nor to the holder of a forestry permit issued for public utility works, nor to the construction, improvement or repair of a road.
- To reconcile the various activities that take place in the forest
A holder of mining rights who also holds a forestry permit issued for forest development activities carried out during mining exploration work is not required to preserve a strip of woodland at least 20 m wide alongside an open peat bog with a pond, a marsh, a riparian shrub swamp, a lake or a permanent watercourse, and is not required to apply the provisions of section 28 concerning partial cutting in the strip of woodland alongside these areas.
These exemptions apply to a person who holds a forestry permit issued in respect of forest development activities carried out for wildlife, recreational or agricultural development projects, public utility works or road construction, improvement or repair work.
The Minister responsible for applying the Sustainable Forest Development Act specifies which forest development activities are authorized in the forestry permit and sets the conditions to be met when they are carried out.
The Sustainable Forest Development Act states that a forestry permit is required to carry out certain forest development activities in forests in the domain of the State (section 73). The Act allows the Minister to issue a permit authorizing the holder to carry out the forest development activities specified on the permit, on the conditions determined by the Minister (section 74).
However, the holder of a development permit issued for public utility works who installs a power transmission line or a gas pipeline requiring the deforestation of the strip of woodland must preserve the stumps, shrubs and grass in that strip, or reestablish such vegetation.
- To avoid carrying sediment into an aquatic, wetland or riparian environment