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

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Chapter V – Roads, sandpits and forest infrastructures
Division VI – Piling areas, forest camps and facilities used to operate a sugar bush
§1. Piling area

Section 126

In the case of a total cutting of whole trees, the person who carries out the cutting must aggregate logging residues in windrows over an area that does not exceed 30% of the total area of the piling area or spread the logging residues evenly over the entire cutting area so that the residues decompose quickly and do not affect the pre-established regeneration.

1

Objective

  • To reduce loss of productive forest areas
  • To promote natural regeneration
  • To ensure that forest production is resumed on the site

Additional information

The method used to calculate the size of a piling area is shown in the fourth paragraph of this section. The total area of the piling area is calculated by multiplying the length of the piling area facing the road by the maximum depth of 30 m permitted by the Regulation. The entire zone of the cutting area facing the road is considered the length of the piling area.

Where logging residues are spread over the entire cutting area, they may be placed on felling or hauling trails to increase the ground’s carrying capacity.

Windrowing or spreading of logging residues during total cutting of whole trees

Figure 126 Windrowing or spreading of logging residues during total cutting of whole trees

Windrowing of logging residues in the piling area or the spreading of the logging residues over the cutting area must be carried out before 1 September following the harvest year. Where the recovery of forest biomass is authorized in the cutting area, windrowing of logging residues in the piling area or the spreading of the logging residues over the cutting area must be performed after the recovery. 

2

Objective

  • To obtain the operational flexibility required for certain forest development activities

Windrowing or spreading of logging residues during total cutting of whole trees

Figure 126 Windrowing or spreading of logging residues during total cutting of whole trees

Windrowing of logging residues in the piling area must not affect the visibility and the safety of the users of the road.

3

Objective

  • To ensure the safety of forest road users

The total area of the piling area is calculated by multiplying the length of the piling area facing the road by its depth. The depth of the piling area, which may not exceed 30 m, is measured from the foot of the embankment of the road bordering on it.

4

Objective

  • To reduce loss of productive forest areas

Explanations

The fourth paragraph of this section explains how to calculate the size of the piling area. The calculation is needed to determine the area over which windrowing of logging residues is permitted in the piling area. The area in question cannot be more than 30% of the total size of the piling area pursuant to the first paragraph.

Windrowing or spreading of logging residues during total cutting of whole trees

Figure 126 Windrowing or spreading of logging residues during total cutting of whole trees