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Forest fires: “we must start putting burned areas back into production”

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Dec3,2023

Forest fires: « we must begin to put burned areas back into production

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An association representing forestry companies is calling for a reforestation program and an increase in production from Quebec's forests. (Archive photo)

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The Association of Silvicultural Work Contractors of Quebec (AETSQ) urges the government to reforest the hectares of forests burned there #x27;last summer in Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

About 350,000 hectares of forest are in danger of not automatically regenerating among the 1.3 million hectares burned in recent months across the province, according to Chief Forester Louis Pelletier.

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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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By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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