Chapter III – Protection of aquatic environments, riparian areas, wetlands and soils
Division IV – Sylvicultural drainage, washing water, contaminants, earth and tree debris
§3. Discharge of contaminants and earth and removal of trees or tree debris
Any person who carries out a forest development activity alongside an open peat bog with a pond, a marsh, a riparian shrub swamp, a lake or a watercourse must remove all trees or tree parts that fall into those environments during the carrying out of the activity.
- To preserve the integrity of an aquatic, wetland or riparian environment
This section does not apply to vegetation control activities carried out by the holder of a forestry permit issued for public utility works where trees or parts of trees fall in an open peat bog with a pond, a marsh or a riparian shrub swamp.
- To allow certain forest development activities in or near a particular place
A person holding a forestry permit issued for public utility works may leave any trees or parts of trees that fall into an open peat bog with a pond, a marsh, a riparian shrub swamp, a lake or a watercourse during vegetation control activities (e.g. in the right-of-way of electricity transmission lines).
The Minister responsible for applying the Sustainable Forest Development Act specifies the forest development activities that are authorized in the forestry permit and sets the conditions that must be met when carrying them 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).