The forests are omnipresent in Québec. Vast, majestic, interspersed with thousands of lakes and rivers, they play a leading role in the economic, social and environmental sectors. They are of concern to all Québecers, and the government manages them in accordance with the principles of sustainable development. This ensures that the forests and their resources are protected and preserved, in the best interests of present and future générations.
Responsible management is especially necessary because the forest industry plays a vital role in the socio-economic development of Québec and its regions. More than 250 municipalities are thought to depend principally on the forests for their economic survival. To stimulate this key sector in Québec’s economy, the government has introduced a range of measures aimed at encouraging investments.