Sites of interest to the Crees (1%)

In 2002, the tallymen were each asked to identify certain sites of special interest located on their trapline. They and their families were free to identify the sites of their choice.

These sites can include permanent and seasonal camps; traditional, cultural and sacred sites; burial sites; fruit picking areas; archeological sites; sites with archeological potential; extension of protective strips; portage trails; wildlife dens and waterfowl blinds; and drinking water supply sources.

No forest development activities may be carried out on the sites of interest identified and mapped by the Crees unless the tallyman agrees otherwise. In such cases, specific protection measures and forest development standards apply. The total area of these sites may not exceed 1% of the total area of a trapline included in a development unit (DU).

Conservation of forested areas presenting wildlife interest for the Crees (25%)

Specific management standards are applied to maintain or improve the habitat of very important wildlife species (moose, marten, beaver, hare, fish, caribou, partridge) and portions of each trapline benefit from specific protection to improve the level of harmonization between forest development activities and traditional activities (including hunting, fishing and trapping).

The location of these areas of wildlife interest identified in 2002 is under the direct responsibility of the Cree tallyman. Their surface area must, in principle, cover 25% of the productive forest area of each trapline included in a development unit without exceeding this percentage (25%).

Only mosaic cutting is applied in these areas, unless better techniques are developed to protect wildlife habitats. The surface area subjected annually to harvesting may exceed the annual harvesting rates if, over a maximum of two years, the total area harvested respects the sum of these annual rates.

The location of residual forest blocks to be preserved is decided by the Minister in cooperation with the Cree tallyman. These blocks are spread over the area so that they are interconnected. The residual forest must be left standing long enough to allow regeneration to reach a minimum average height of seven meters.

Special attention must be given in installing major access roads for the extraction of forest products.