The Chief Forester, Louis Pelletier, examined the impact of the various forest fires on the forestry possibilities of the Quebec. (Archive photo)
In Abitibi-Témiscamingue, more than 125,000 hectares of public forest were engulfed in flames.
We should have started to prepare the ground to be ready, when the snow melts in spring 2024, to immediately start reforesting the burned areas […] It is absolutely necessary, quickly, from next spring, to start putting production back into production the areas burned, supports the general director of AETSQ, Fabien Simard.
The Chief Forester of Quebec recommended earlier this week to reduce forestry possibilities, i.e. the quantity of wood that it is possible to exploit without harming the regeneration of the forest.
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For us, it's a disappointment. We could have been more skillful and more aggressive in our interventions to harvest the wood and prepare it to be ready next spring. The time to act is now.
A quote from Fabien Simard, general director of the Association of Silvicultural Works Contractors of Quebec
Forestry potential, estimated at nearly 35 million cubic meters of wood per year, could thus be reduced by 620,000 cubic meters from April 1, 2024.
Fabien Simard, from AETSQ, describes this announcement as a shock while he believes that Quebec's forests could produce more provided that silvicultural work, such as reforestation, clearing and control of forestry, is increased. the vegetation.
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What remains of a forest after a forest fire in Colombia -British. (File photo)
If we [implemented] tomorrow morning, immediately, the wood production strategy, the bordering forests [at Abitibi-Témiscamingue], could help the industry in general by increasing the production of the forests which are around the fires, he explains.
Mr. Simard asks the Quebec government in particular to apply its wood production strategy in order to accelerate reforestation measures and the production capacities of Quebec's forests.
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