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Deborah Powell

CAMPBELL’S BAY – The Outaouais Regional Integrated Resource Management Planning Table (TRGIRTO) had a full agenda for their meeting at the MRC headquarters, September 5.

Deborah Powell

CAMPBELL’S BAY – The Outaouais Regional Integrated Resource Management Planning Table (TRGIRTO) had a full agenda for their meeting at the MRC headquarters, September 5.
Members accepted the new version of the table’s mandate and roles. The mandate of the table is now “to collaborate with the Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks (MFFP) in the preparation of PAFIs by promoting cooperation between users and harmonization of uses; by communicating the concerns and expectations of local communities to the Forest Management Branch of the MFFP; by identifying shared goals for the protection and development of resources and land-use; and by proposing measures for harmonized use.
 TRGIRTO chair, Régent Dugas, informed participants that an agreement for
the Sustainable Forest Management Program 2018-2021 (PADF) would soon be signed. The region’s four MRCs will co-sign the agreement and then delegate one MRC to be responsible for the management of the funds received through the program; the MRC Pontiac agreed to be responsible. The program funds numerous projects throughout the Outaouais, and covers the operating costs of the TRGIRTO.
Jean Fink presented the results of a project funded under the previous PADF – “Inventory of walleye spawning sites in 7 strategic lakes of the La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve – Outaouais Sector”. Table member Frédérik Lussier, director at La Vérendrye, told members that 85% of successful catches occurred in just 20% of the lakes in the reserve. He would like to continue inventory work so more spawning sites can be protected.