Municipal Affairs and Environment

Registration 1680

Crown Districts 17 & 18 Five-Year Operating Plan (2013-2017)

Proponent: Department of Natural Resources

Summary of Environmental Assessment Process

Project Description:

The proponent has submitted a Five-Year Operating Plan for Forest Management Districts 17 and 18. These districts encompass the majority of the Great Northern Peninsula, commencing at the northern boundary of Gros Morne National Park on the west side of the peninsula and at Great Cat Arm on the eastern side of the peninsula. These two districts share common ecoregion characteristics and for forest management purposes have been combined to form Planning Zone 8. The proponent plans to manage the harvest of approximately 625,000 cubic metres of timber, construct approximately 48 kilometres of primary forest access roads and conduct silviculture activities in District 17. In District 18 the proponent plans to manage the harvest of approximately 580,000 cubic metres of timber, construct approximately 135 kilometres of primary forest access roads and conduct silviculture activities. Approval of this undertaking will maintain the existing commercial forest industry in the region as well as allow domestic timber harvest for home heating.

  • December 3, 2012 — The undertaking was registered.
  • January 9, 2013 — Public comments are due.
  • January 17, 2013 — The Minister's decision is due.
  • February 1, 2013 — The Minister announced that the undertaking ws released.

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