Big spaces, big questions
How is caribou survival affected by logging and the duty to preserve biodiversity?
The woodland caribou is a vulnerable species under Québec’s Act respecting threatened or vulnerable species. Knowledge of the woodland caribou has developed significantly in recent years. Read more
Céline, La Macaza
Our forest is a natural asset and also an economic driving force for our regions. We sell our wood to the Americans, while in Québec, in our Rona stores, we are offered lower quality Chinese products. How do you explain that?
Is there a deforestation problem in Quebec?
There is no deforestation in Quebec’s public forests. Deforestation is contrary to Quebec’s forest regime. It is important not to confuse logging with deforestation: the change to the forest cover caused by logging is only temporary, and the forest will regrow quickly because the land’s forestry vocation... Read more
What happens to the CO2 absorbed by a tree when it is harvested?
As long as carbon is stored in wood, it is not in the atmosphere. This is positive for the environment. At the end of its life, the tree dies and decomposes, releasing all the carbon it has stored into the atmosphere. In doing so, it becomes a source of carbon emission and not a carbon sink, so the benefit is cancelled out. However, a mature tree that is processed into a durable material continues.. Read more
How does Quebec’s forest compare to forests worldwide?
Quebec’s forest often compares favourably to the world’s forests in many respects. First, it is public and available for a wide variety of social uses; it retains its biodiversity thanks to government regulations; its scale has been preserved and it still covers half of Québec’s total area; and to this day, many regional communities earn a living from the forest. There are many publications that present the comparison in easy-to-understand terms : Read more
Does clear-cutting still take place in Quebec’s public forests?
No, there has been no clear-cutting in Quebec since 1995. It has been replaced by cutting with protection of regeneration and soils (CPRS). In both types of cutting, all adult trees are harvested in mature forests composed of a single species. However, there is a major difference... Read more
Do forestry activities have an impact on the environment?
Yes, some forestry activities, because of their nature, can substantially change the environment. They are studied carefully to see whether they produce negative effects and, if so, to identify remedial actions. For a brief overview of these actions, see: Les effets des activités forestières sur l’environnement (link available in French only).
I would like to work in the forest in Quebec. Where should I go for information?
There are many companies that work in the forest, and they are all responsible for hiring their own personnel. Here are some websites that may help you in your search... Read more
Have forestry practices evolved over time?
The Sustainable Forest Development Act, which came into force on April 1 2013, introduced a number of important changes. For example... Read more
The better we understand our forest, the more we can protect it.