Chapter IV – Wildife habitat protection
Division II – Strips of woodland
§4. Bear dens
A strip of woodland at least 60 m wide must be preserved around a bear den from 15 November to 15 April.
The strip may be harvested outside that period.
- To avoid disturbing wildlife
Rules governing forest development activities alongside a bear den
The first paragraph does not apply to the holder of a forestry permit issued for public utility works. However, before forest development activities required for public utility works and not authorized by this section may be carried out in the strip of woodland referred to in the first paragraph, the Minister consults the Minister responsible for the administration of the Act respecting the conservation and development of wildlife
(chapter C-61.1) before issuing the permit.
- To allow certain forest development activities in or near a particular place
A person holding a forestry permit may carry out the forest development activities required for public utility works in the strip of woodland at least 60 m wide surrounding the site of a bear den, during the period from November 15 to April 15. Before issuing the permit, the Minister responsible for applying the Sustainable Forest Development Act
must consult the Minister responsible for applying the Act respecting the conservation and development of wildlife
to obtain his or her opinion of the mitigation measures that have been recommended to protect the bear den. In light of the opinion, the Minister responsible for applying the Sustainable Forest Development Act may then give authorization, specifying which forest development activities are authorized and setting the conditions that must 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