GUIDE TO THE APPLICATION OF THE REGULATION RESPECTING THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF FORESTS IN THE DOMAIN OF THE STATE

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Chapter III – Protection of aquatic environments, riparian areas, wetlands and soils
Division III – Riparian shrub, open peat bogs (unwooded) without a pond and intermittent watercourses

Section 34

The travel of logging machines is prohibited over a width of at least 6 m alongside an open peat bog without a pond or an intermittent watercourse, except in any of the cases provided for in paragraph 1, 2, 4 or 5 of section 32. The 6 m-width is measured from the perimeter of the peat bog or the upper limit of the bank of the intermittent watercourse.

1

Objectives

  • To avoid carrying sediment into an aquatic, wetland or riparian environment
  • To avoid disturbing the soil around the perimeter of a wetland or aquatic environment
  • To preserve the natural drainage of the soil
  • To allow certain forest development activities in or near a particular place

Explanations

The travel of logging machines is prohibited over a width of at least 6 m alongside an open peat bog without a pond or an intermittent watercourse, except in the following cases:

  • to dig drainage ditches for sylvicultural purposes (subsection 1 of section 32);
  • to take a felling and hauling trail across a watercourse by means of a removable structure (subsection 2 of section 32);
  • to construct, improve or repair a road or remove a structure used to cross a watercourse (subsection 4 of section 32);
  • to carry out public utility works (subsection of section 32).

Rules governing the travel of logging machines alongside a wetland or aquatic environment

Figure 34A Rules governing the travel of logging machines alongside a wetland or aquatic environment

Rules governing the travel of logging machines alongside a wetland or aquatic environment

Figure 34B Rules governing the travel of logging machines alongside a wetland or aquatic environment

Harvesting is however allowed in that 6 m strip of land. However, the vegetal cover and the stumps must be preserved to minimize disturbances in the soil and water regime.

2

Objectives

  • To avoid carrying sediment into an aquatic, wetland or riparian environment
  • To avoid disturbing the soil around the perimeter of a wetland or aquatic environment
  • To preserve the natural drainage of the soil
  • To allow for the harvesting of wood

Rules governing the travel of logging machines alongside a wetland or aquatic environment

Figure 34A Rules governing the travel of logging machines alongside a wetland or aquatic environment