Regional forest management planning table meets in Bristol

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Deborah Powell


Deborah Powell

BRISTOL – Representatives of the regional integrated forest management planning table (TRGIRT) held a meeting at the Jack Graham Hall, June 12. The table brings together representatives from a variety of sectors directly interested in public land. Since the folding of the three local tables into one regional table last year, TRGIRT meeting locations are rotated throughout the Outaouais region.
One of the first agenda items was the TRGIRT’s new website. Pierre Labrecque, Director of the Outaouais Regional Land And Natural Resources Commission (CRRNTO), demonstrated what the site will offer. In addition to descriptions of the purpose and composition of the CRRNTO and TRGIRT, the site features an interactive mapping tool showing forestry plans and an        up-to-date calendar of forestry activities. The site also contains information on public consultations for both the operational and tactical forest management plans for 2013-2018. A number of suggestions regarding the site’s content and navigation will be incorporated into the final version to be released soon.
“We’re hoping the website will attract more public attention and participation for consultations on forest management planning as well as providing useful information on an ongoing basis for those who use public land,” said Labrecque.
Other topics included a request for road closures to protect moose habitat, a report and resolution from the landscape committee regarding the protection of visual landscape in sensitive areas and meeting planning for the other TRGIRT committees concerned with roads, ecological issues and wildlife habitat.
The purpose of the regional table is to promote the sustainable development of natural resources on public land, through integrated management, for the benefit of all communities in the Outaouais region.