Forest Management Planning - the Public Consultation Process

Issue Resolution

Issue Resolution - this is a process for resolving conflicts over issues that arrise in the course of the forest management planning process. If concerns cannot or have not been resolved informally, through meetings and discussions with the planning team, a formal process is available to assist in resolving conflicts.

The issue resolution process begins with putting the concern in writing to the plan author, followed by a meeting between the plan author and the concerned person or group.

The next stage, if the concern is not resolved, is to refer the matter to the District Manager of the local Ministry of Natural Resources; the final stage is discussing the matter with the MNR Regional Director. 

Generally speaking, the earlier an issue is raised, the greater the probability that it will be resolved satisfactorily through the planning process. 

Those concerns which are not satisfactorily addressed can be appealed to the Ministry of the Environment by requesting an individual environmental assessment of specific proposed forest management activities or specific aspects of the plan, such as a specific activity or particular proposed harvest area. The Ministry of the Environment will take into account what efforts were made to resolve the issue through the forest management planning excercise and the related issue resolution process.

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Requesting an Individual Environmental Assessment

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