Pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on forests

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

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.

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