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One of the objectives of the consultation is to harmonize forest management with the needs of the population. (Archive photo)

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The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests is holding an online public consultation until February 4 on the work included in the construction plans ;operational integrated forest management (PAFIO).

From January 10 and February 4, the ministry is collecting comments for three development units extending from Tadoussac to Havre-Saint-Pierre (09351, 09471 and 09751).

In an interactive map on the ministry's website (New window), participants can click on the targeted forest management zones to send a comment. The zones provide, for example, for logging, reforestation and the construction or development of forest roads.

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Philippe Poitras is the director of land management for the MRC of Manicouagan, as well as the coordinator of the local Table for integrated resource and territory management of the North Shore. (Archive photo)

The comments are then collected and sent to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests. The Manicouagan MRC plays this role for the Manicouagan-Outardes management unit.

It's to get the pulse of the public. The responsibility of the MRC of Manicouagan in this is to prepare consultation reports for the ministry, explains the director of land management of the MRC, Philippe Poitras.

The president of the North Shore Outfitters Association, Charles Pinard, claims to have participated in the past in these public consultations carried out each year. However, he no longer wishes to send his comments due to the lack of listening from the ministry, according to him.

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The only thing that is good about it is that we have the information beforehand. This allows us to possibly react in the future, downstream of the situation when we see that one of our members is impacted by logging, believes Charles Pinard.

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Charles Pinard is president of the North Shore Outfitters Association. (Archive photo)

For its part, the MRC of Manicouagan encourages stakeholders to send their comments.

Please be aware that anyone who comments will have a response. There is no one left without an answer.

A quote from Philippe Poitras, director of land management of the MRC of Manicouagan

According to the participation report for the 2022 public consultation, eight comments were submitted. This number was higher for 2021, with 30 comments. These relate, for example, to the protection of caribou, the reestablishment of forest roads and the tranquility of vacationers.

[Participation] depends on the years. […] In the past, it was less broadcast, but now, we make announcements on the radio. We even send letters to vacationers who are close to areas of potential intervention, adds Philippe Poitras.

One ​​of the objectives of the consultation is to harmonize forest management with the needs of the population.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry did not respond to our interview request.

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