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

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Chapter VI – Allocation of forest operations and residual forest
Division II – Special provisions applicable to the bioclimatic domains of the sugar bush and the balsam fir forest
§3. Block cutting

Section 141

A forest area composed of trees, shrubs or brush having an average height of 3 m or more must be preserved on the perimeter of a cutting area of a block cutting. Its width must be at least 200 m or at least 100 m if the cutting area is less than 25 ha.

The first paragraph does not apply to the part of the perimeter of a cutting area adjacent to a strip of woodland preserved along a lake or a watercourse whose width, measured at the level of the upper limit of the shores or banks, exceeds 35 m.

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Objectives

  • To allow wildlife to move around by maintaining connectivity between its habitat and the neighbouring residual forest
  • To maintain the components of the forest cover that provide shelter for wildlife

Size and composition of the residual forest at a block cutting harvest site

Figure 139 Size and composition of the residual forest at a block cutting harvest site

A forest area composed of trees, shrubs or brush having an average height of 3 m or more that is at least 200 m wide must also be preserved between a residual forest and the cutting areas of a block cutting and between a residual forest and the other total cutting areas in order to be used as a corridor for the movement of wildlife.

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Objectives

  • To allow wildlife to move around by maintaining connectivity between its habitat and the neighbouring residual forest
  • To maintain the components of the forest cover that provide shelter for wildlife

Additional information

A forest area that is at least 200 m wide, prescribed by this section on the perimeter of a cutting area of a block cutting, may be considered to be a residual forest if it satisfies all the residual forest characteristics specified in section 139.

Size and composition of the residual forest at a block cutting harvest site

Figure 139 Size and composition of the residual forest at a block cutting harvest site

The forest areas referred to this section must be preserved until the regeneration in the block cutting areas reaches an average height of 3 m or more.

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Objectives

  • To distribute cutting areas and residual forest areas in space and over temps
  • To allow wildlife to move around by maintaining connectivity between its habitat and the neighbouring residual forest
  • To maintain the components of the forest cover that provide shelter for wildlife