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 II – Roads
§3. Road implantation features

Section 71

Subject to the second paragraph, the width of the right-of-way of a road may not exceed the width prescribed in Schedule 4 for the class of road to which it belongs. For the purposes of this paragraph, the class of road is assessed on the basis of the width of the roadway and road shoulders, as indicated in Schedule 4.

The maximum width of the right-of-way of a road located within the limits of a sugar bush operated for acericultural purposes or having a potential for maple production or within the limits of a white-tailed deer yard is 20 m. For the purposes of this paragraph, a hardwood stand at least 60% of which is composed of sugar maples or red maples or a combination of both species and allowing more than 150 tapholes per hectare constitutes a sugar bush with a potential for maple production. The sugar bushes with a potential for maple production to be protected are those indicated in the numeric information layers used for forest planning.

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Objectives

  • To reconcile the various activities that take place in the forest
  • To preserve the integrity of a wildlife habitat
  • To maintain the components of the forest cover that provide shelter for wildlife
  • To maintain the components of the forest cover that provide food for wildlife
  • To reduce loss of productive forest areas

Explanations

The maximum width of a road located within the limits of a sugar bush operated for acericultural purposes or having a potential for maple production or within the limits of a white-tailed deer yard is 20 m, as indicated in the second paragraph of this section.

For road classes 1 to 5 and for unclassified roads, the maximum right-of-way width is established according to the width of the roadway and road shoulders. Refer to Schedule 4 for maximum right-of-way widths for these roads as well as for winter roads, trails intended for motorized all-terrain vehicles and trails intended for other activities. Other than right-of-way, roadway and shoulder width, all other characteristics given in Schedule 4 are for information only and are not provisions to observe in the application of this section.

The maximum right-of-way width given is the maximum width that may be cleared for the roads and trails listed in Schedule 4.

It should be noted that the maximum width of the right-of-way corresponds to the maximum width that can be cleared for the roads and paths mentioned in Schedule 4. For classes 4, 5 and winter roads, during construction or improvement work, the right-of-way can be cleared over a maximum width of 30 m. However, for all other forest management activities (including maintenance and repair of a road, bridge or culvert), the width of right-of-way provided for in Schedule 4 must be respected. The maximum width of the right-of-way of all roads located inside the limits of a sugar bush operated for acericultural purposes, or with such production potential, or of a white-tailed deer containment area is 20 m.

Width of right-of-way by class of road

Figure 71 Width of right-of-way by class of road

Additional information

A sugar bush operated for maple syrup production purposes is governed by a sugar bush management permit for acericultural purposes issued pursuant to the Sustainable Forest Development Act This link opens a new window .

This first paragraph does not apply to a person who, in accordance with section 41 of the Sustainable Forest Development Act This link opens a new window (chapter A-18.1), has been authorized by the Minister to build or improve a road whose right-of-way is wider than the width provided for in the first paragraph, nor to a person who has obtained such authorization under a forestry permit or a contract or agreement entered into under that Act.

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Objective

  • To protect forest resources during specific road, bridge or culvert construction or improvement work

Explanations

A person authorized by the Minister in accordance with section 41 of the Sustainable Forest Development Act This link opens a new window (chapter A-18.1) may construct or improve a road whose right-of-way is wider than the width provided in the first paragraph of section 71. The Minister may grant authorization and specify the conditions that must be met when carrying out the work.

Additional information

A person wishing to obtain authorization for this must apply to the regional office of the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs This link opens a new window (in French only) by completing the form provided for that purpose. The application must describe the situation that justifies completion of the work in accordance with standards different from those enacted in the Regulation. It must also propose replacement measures that will be implemented to achieve the objectives of the regulatory standards from which a departure is requested. Where the proposed replacement standards fall within the approval framework, authorization may be granted along with conditions that must be met when carrying out the work.