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 72

The soil may not be removed over a width greater than the width of the right-of-way of the road during the construction, improvement, repair or maintenance of a road.

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Objectives

  • To maintain the presence of stands in the growth stage
  • To reduce loss of productive forest areas

Explanations

Required material removal must be done within the rights-of-way provided for in section 71.

Additional information

The soil can be taken from the entire deforested right-of-way in accordance with what is provided for in Section 71. When building or improving a class 5 or winter road of which the right-of-way has been deforested over 25 m, the sample can be taken over this width. For subsequent repair, maintenance or closure activities, the withdrawal is limited to a width of 20 m. The maximum width of the right-of-way of all roads located inside the limits of a maple bush operated for acericultural purposes, or with such potential, or of a white-tailed deer containment area is 20 m.

A person who wishes to remove soil outside the right-of-way must sign a lease to mine surface mineral substances with the Minister responsible for the Mining Act This link opens a new window (chapter M-13.1) and comply with the provisions of the Act. Any site from which unconsolidated material is extracted that is partially or completely outside the right-of-way is considered to be a sandpit under this Regulation.

Removal of soil, organic debris and materials from the right-of-way of a road

Figure 72 Removal of soil, organic debris and materials from the right-of-way of a road

The soil, organic debris and materials removed during the construction, improvement or repair of a road may not be deposited outside the right-of-way. Where they are deposited in the zone between the road shoulder and the limit of the right-of-way, they must be leveled.

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Objectives

  • To ensure the lifespan of a road, bridge or culvert
  • To ensure the safety of forest road users
  • To reduce loss of productive forest areas

Removal of soil, organic debris and materials from the right-of-way of a road

Figure 72 Removal of soil, organic debris and materials from the right-of-way of a road

In the case of a road crossing a watercourse, no material may be removed in the riparian ecotone or over a width of 20 m measured from the upper limit of the watercourse bank.

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Objectives

  • To preserve the integrity of an aquatic, wetland or riparian environment
  • 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

Removal of soil, organic debris and materials from the right-of-way of a road

Figure 72 Removal of soil, organic debris and materials from the right-of-way of a road