One of Council’s administrative roles is to collect information on the forest management activities of Managed Forest Owners. Owners are required, by Section 20 of the Private Managed Forest Land Act, to submit an Annual Declaration each year that summarizes their forest management activities for the previous year.
The Annual Declaration includes information on:
- Harvesting: area and volume
- Destroyed Timber (for example due to wildfire, insect attack): area and cause
- Roads: length of construction and deactivation
- Reforestation: area of stands that are restocked or successfully regenerated
The Annual Declaration Form is mailed to owners in February each year. The fillable pdf form is available here: Annual Declaration Form
Frequently Asked Questions about the Annual Declaration
1. Do I need to complete an Annual Declaration if I have No Activity to report?
- Yes, an Annual Declaration is required even if no activity has taken place. No Activity means there was no harvesting, no destroyed timber, no road building or deactivation, and no declaration of restocking or successful regeneration for the year. Activities are described on the back of the Form.
- Our office accepts Declarations of No Activity by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. A statement of No Activity within the text of the email along with the owner’s name and managed forest number is sufficient.
- Alternatively, you may submit the Annual Declaration Form indicating No Activity by mail.
2. When do I need to report harvesting activity or destroyed timber on my managed forest?
- Harvesting of any volume of wood or wood product, including firewood, that is transported off the managed forest property.
- A harvest of more than 20 cubic metres during the year, regardless of whether it leaves the property.
- The harvest of any volume that results in an opening equal to or greater than 1 hectare. For example, the continued selective harvest of individual trees in adjacent areas could result in the creation of an opening equal to or greater than 1 hectare that no longer contains the minimum number of trees per hectare, therefore triggering a restocking obligation.
- Areas of destroyed timber equal to or greater than 1 hectare.
DO NOT NEED TO REPORT
- The harvest of any volume less than 20 cubic metres that does not result in the creation of an opening equal to or greater than 1 hectare.
3. When do I need to report restocking or successful regeneration?
- Openings equal to or greater than 1 hectare that have been harvested or destroyed are required to be restocked and successfully regenerated as set out in Section 31 of the Council Regulation.
- Regulatory requirements were outlined in a previous post that you can view here.
- Reporting of restocking and successful regeneration on the Annual Declaration is required within the timelines that the obligations are due. For example, if an owner harvested an area in 2010, it was required to be restocked by 2015. Restocking can be reported any time after harvest up to the Annual Declaration for 2015 (which is submitted in spring 2016).
- Owners can contact the Council office if unsure of their reforestation obligations and reporting requirements.
Download the Form in fillable pdf format: