MFFP explains forestry planning 101 – Residents encouraged to participate in ongoing consultations

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Deborah Powell

CAMPBELL’S BAY – Representatives from the Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks (MFFP) were at the Campbell’s Bay RA Hall, February 18, to explain how residents can participate in forest management consultations, particularly the
one taking place until March 15 regarding new forestry activities in

Deborah Powell

CAMPBELL’S BAY – Representatives from the Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks (MFFP) were at the Campbell’s Bay RA Hall, February 18, to explain how residents can participate in forest management consultations, particularly the
one taking place until March 15 regarding new forestry activities in
the 2018-2023 Outaouais Operational Integrated Forest Management Plan (PAFIO).
Jason Durand from the Fort-Coulonge MFFP office gave an overview of the framework of laws and regulations that influence forest planning, an explanation of what a PAFI-O involves, and the steps to prepare one.
MFFP’s Cathy Labrie explained where input came from in the PAFI-O planning process, including an explanation of the role of the regional table for integrated forest management (TRGIRTO), which represents a variety of users and those interested in the public forest.
Numerous questions from the audience were answered. Ronald Godin from the
Pontiac Anishinaabek Fort de Coulonge Kichesipirini asked why they weren’t
consulted. The organizers explained that only the Algonquin communities legally recognized by the government were part of the planning process.
“This is a good first step to helping our council put forward their concerns through a better understanding of how the system works,” said Eric Rochon, Mansfield Director General. 
Four computers were set up to show participants how to navigate online resources after the presentation.
Information on how to take part in the current consultation can be found
at TRGIRTO.CA or by calling(819) 683-2626, ext. 240.