The Government of Yukon is beginning a review of the Forest Resources Act. The review presents the opportunity to ensure our forest legislation meets the needs of First Nations, industry and the public while protecting the health of our forests. Phase one of the review will begin with discussions with First Nations, renewable resource councils, forest industry representatives and conservation groups. Phase two will explore possible amendments to the act and is expected to begin in 2017. The public will have opportunities to provide input throughout the review process.
The following legislation guides the use of forest resources in Yukon:
The Forest Resources Act and Forest Resources Regulation became effective on January 31, 2011, replacing the Timber Regulation under the Territorial Lands (Yukon) Act. The Timber Regulation was originally developed by the federal government and inherited by Yukon through the Devolution Transfer Agreement in 2003. Highlights include:
Provides for the appointment of Forest Officers and supervisors to administer and enforce laws related to:
Also known as YESAA, the act mandates assessors look at the potential environmental and socio-economic effects of proposed activities and to recommend whether the activities should:
When assessments are complete, recommendations are sent to the decision body or bodies that regulate the activity or land base.
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