Forests Abandon Logging Roads Damaging Lakes, Rivers And Streams

Forests Abandon Logging Roads Damaging Lakes, Rivers And Streams

For over 25 years in the last 25 years, for more than 25 years, the Quebec Ministry of Forests. Wildlife and Parks has been using an effective tool to ensure. That its forest industry is more productive over other provinces.

Quebec hasn’t implemented any planning for forest roads since around the middle of the 1990s. This has enabled the government as well as the forest companies. That operate within the public forests of the province to cut costs. However it has also put the surrounding water bodies, such as streams. Lakes and rivers as well as the animals that reside there and depend on them at in danger.

Only in Quebec appears to be a valid and standard practice to end road logging once they’re no longer require. This could lead to erosion of roads and the leaching of culvert backfill both. Which pose a serious danger to the water quality. This can result in tons of sediment accumulating in the aquatic environment.

As a researcher who studies water and forest ecology in the forestry. Department at Universal site Laval, I have vast and extensive understanding of the Quebec forest sector. Which includes its technical, scientific and operational aspects as well as the political and legislative aspects. I’ve witnessed, repeatedly, the insignificance of those. Who are concern about the water issue that is associate with the forestry industry. And I am hoping that addressing these issues will make a difference.

Routes To Nowhere Forests

Canada’s huge boreal forest as well as the vast amounts of timber found there are in public land. The wood, wildlife landscapes, plants, and the water. That they provide are all a part of to the residents of every province.

They are administer by provincial governments via rules and laws, as well as through the collection of royalties to businesses. That use these resources and turn them into valuable products, for example, sustainable construction materials, paper and bioenergy and cardboard.

The harvesting of these resources in remote regions and transporting. Them to processing plants requires a vast road network that is adapted to this job. These logging roads, which are constructed quickly with bulldozers and excavators with the help of gravel. Soil and other stones that are found at the site or in close proximity depend on culverts structures. That channel the flow of water underneath the roads in order to connect the numerous rivers that traverse the area.

A small portion of the roads are wide and well-maintained and well gravel to enable speedy and safe traveling. They are the main road for access to the terrain as well as its natural resources. But, the majority of logging roads are heavily use. For brief periods of time ranging from few months up to 10 years.

The proper management of a road network for logging must take this crucial feature into consideration. Roads for logging across Canada are manage through management plans, excluding Quebec in which they are not in existence. The plans oversee the construction on the road’s main network and also their maintenance and decommissioning, and closure of logging roads in the short long-term, medium and long-term.

The Aquatic Environment Is Severely Damage Forests

For a number of decades, the Quebec forest ministry has enacted a robust regulation framework that robust and robust to the construction of roads for logging in the province’s forest public. They built primarily to extract wood more than 476,000 kilometers of road. Which is equivalent to the circumference of 12 times around the Earth 12 times have been heavily fund from the Quebec government in recent years.

From a legal point of view the roads are public once they are construct, and they are open to all users and any possible use. However, in total contradiction to the strict rules that were in place in the construction phase There are in all practical terms no rules that pertain on the management of the roads. The current forest management regime in force does not place any obligation for the forest business to manage or close these roads once the forestry activities have been completed.

Quebec Government Forests

It is believed that the Quebec government has long believe that these second-users mostly fishermen, hunters and tourists, could keep up this vast road network, however, it has never put forth any serious effort to overseeing or co-coordinating the operation.

Just 25 percent of these roads were maintain after the harvest of timber. Nearly 35 per cent of all logging roads in the public sector were abandon for decades and never closed or even maintain

The science is unambiguous the fact that road structures that are poorly maintain are a major threat to aquatic ecosystems. They cause massive sediments, damages to aquatic habitats, obstructions to the freedom of flow of fish and obviously, restrictions on access to resources and land.

And elsewhere in Canada In other parts of Canada, large and regular sums of money have been every year, for decades, to keep the condition, close or decommission thousands of kilometres of timber roads. Meanwhile, Quebec has invested little in these structures, allowing them to gradually deteriorate.

Quebec Does Not Play According To The Rules

The Quebec Office of the Chief Forester has criticized this situation in the year 2010 in. Tts Sustainable Forest Management Report. But, after it was time for the Sustainable Forest Development Act of 2013 was pass in 2013. Chief Forester Quebec was exempt from the responsibility of the evaluation of the sustainability of forest management. Since then the chief forester is no longer equip or the authority to assess the water conservation challenges. That arise due to Quebec’s absence of a road management plan.

Unfortunately, the wood in the public forests of Quebec hasn’t been harvest in accordance. With the guidelines of the game and to which the other Canadian provinces are committing. As long as the Quebec government accepts the responsibility of its abandoned. Roads for logging and allows an independent evaluation of the water conservation. Requirements to be carry out and implements a realistic policy for managing the logging roads, the problem will only grow.

Water is a precious resource. It’s time for officials who are expect to protect it like forest certification agencies. As well as the provincial and federal environment ministers to do something about the public forests of Quebec.