Public consultation on forests
On behalf of the Quebec ministry of Natural Resources, Saint Francois MNA and Minister Monique Gagnon-Tremblay would like to invite the public to take part in a public consultation concerning the management of local forests. “Those forests have been delegated to local communities and aboriginal communities. Their establishment is a major element in the government’s new forest plan. It’s why we hope to establish partnerships with citizens and municipalities to favour the socio-economic development of communities by giving them greater decision power and responsibilities regarding the improvement of territories and some of their resources,” commented Nathalie Normandeau, the former Minister of Natural Resources and fauna.
The public hearing has been set for September 20th, 7:00 pm., in the Salle Lac Aylmer of the Sherbrooke Delta Hotel at 2685 King West. Those interested can also express their opinions by filling out a questionnaire at www.consultation-foretsproximite.mrnf.gouv.qc.ca.
The types of activities that will be considered will be varied, such as recreo-touristic, forest product promotion, etc. The projects chosen must have a viable economic plan and favour reinvestment in the communities.
“This consultation is a very important step in the sustainable management of our forests. It gives to citizens and organizations the opportunity to influence forest management decisions and to help build a future for the forests of Quebec. I invite all citizens to take advantage of the public consultation to express their interests, their values and their needs with regard to local forests,” commented Mme. Gagnon-Tremblay.
The opinions expressed during the public consultation will guide the Natural Resources ministry in the development of future forestry policy which will be deposited in the spring of next year. This new policy will allow for the development of 85 local forest projects.