Forestry Department

Our department works within the mandates of Chapter 3 of the Paix des Braves as well as overseeing forestry activities on the Waskaganish traplines. As such we are responsible for coordinating activities with the Ministry of Natural Resources regarding the Sustainable Forest Development Act of Quebec and giving input on the issues that are important to the users of the territory. Currently, we are concerned with the application of the new forestry regime that will be in effect on this year’s general forestry management plans (G.F.M.P) 2014-18. During the past fiscal year (2011-2012) there have been no harvesting activities within the Waskaganish territory due to a slump in the lumber market.
Timber harvesting
We have noted some issues with past activities in our territory. Of note waste debris have been left unattended by the forestry companies in some areas, which should not be the case. We have proposed that contracts be given to our community to burn and clean up the snag piles. Major disturbances were also recorded and tallymen brought this issue to our attention as it impedes the natural regeneration after harvesting. Lastly, of issue are the abandoned forestry roads and bridges that the companies have used during harvesting. Because this type of infrastructure greatly reduces the costs to accessing the territory, tallymen are interested in keeping them accessible.

Through the joint working group we have had only one consultation meeting with Tembec concerning trapline N-08 (Charlie and Gilbert Diamond). In this consultation we have noticed that cuts on FMU 085-51 we undertaken without consultation. There is still ongoing work that is being done to settle this situation.

Illegal Cabins
Illegal cabins are starting to be a common situation for the tallyman in which the non-Cree built a camp within the trapline. The non-Cree inform the tallyman that if the game warden asks you whose cabin is this that they should say that it is their cabin, just so that the non-Cree will save a couple of dollars of registration fees. In the photos you will see the non-native camps were given a couple of months to respond to the M.N.R.F to register their cabins or they will be burnt to the ground.

These are the result of the non-native camps that did not respond to the notice to declare the camp and register the camps. We have addressed these burnt cabins to the M.N.R and have informed them that the cleanup of these sites should be done to maintain traplines integrity.

Enhancement Projects
Enhancement projects are important to help the tallyman provide for his family and at the same time has the opportunity to employ his family or the people within our community that are looking for employment. This also gives the tallyman the opportunity to take his sons out on the land as well to pass down the traditional knowledge that was passed down to him.

Under the enhancement program there were 3 projects that were approved by the prioritization committee, but one of the projects were approved late into the season of 2010-11, so the project was executed on February of 2012. There are 7 traplines entitled to conduct projects within their trapline boundaries, but the funds that we had were low so only 2 of the traplines could be granted the opportunity to execute their project. These were:
Trapline A-04 Elvis Moar
Cabin Relocation (cost $16,000.00) Approved

Trapline A-04 David Erless
Ski-doo trails part 2(cost $16,000.00) Approved

Trapline N-07 William Diamond
Ski-doo trail improvement (cost $15,963.25) Approved
Completed (approved in 2010-11)

The amount that was approved for 2011-12 was $32,000.00 but there was one project that was proposed to be executed in 2010-2011 but was executed in the fiscal year of 2011-2012 and the cost was $15,963.25. So the overall expenditures were $47,963.25 for the year of 2011-2012 for the enhancement.

Elders Wood Cutting Program
For this year’s Elders woodcutting program the major finicial contributions came from our community, from the Chief and Council, Niskamoon, Youth Council, Elders Council. Below you will see the amount contributed by each entity and the people that were given letters to support this project financially.

We have received specialized silvicultural training from Centre d’enseignement et de recherche en foresterie de Sainte Foy (CERFO) for the past 1.5 years on a part time basis which has been concluded successfully. We are also recommending the community revises the eligibility guidelines for the Woodcutting program, preferably though a community resolution.

Wayne Cheezo
Forestry Coordinator