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Understanding the Forest

understanding the forestThe forest is a fascinating and complex world. While the expertise acquired up to now enables us to ensure sound management of our forests and the protection of hundreds of species of animal that live there, the Ministère continues to invest significant effort in deepening our knowledge and to better understand the relationships between the many components that make up forests.


Since we know of your interest in forests, we wanted to share some of this information with you.

Forest regime since 2013

On April 1, 2010, the province adopted its Sustainable Forest Development Act (R.S.Q., c. A-18.1), which introduces some major changes to the way our forests are managed. The Act comes into force in its entirety on April 1, 2013, and replaces the current Forest Act (R.S.Q., c. F-4.1).

The following information sheets present the main changes introduced by the new forest regime.

Forest regime from 1986 to 2013 (Forest Act)

The information sheet below highlights some issues pertaining to Québec’s forests and their management.

The fact sheets below should provide clear, straightforward answers to the questions most commonly asked.