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Logging on Public Lands

Logging on Public Lands

September 12, 2022

Québec Maple Syrup Producers (QMSP) strongly opposes the Québec Timber Production Strategy announced in December 2020 by the Ministre des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (MFFP). We have been questioning the government while taking multiple actions to limit its impacts on maple operations on public lands and the maple economy in general.

We call on the government to:

  1. Set aside 200,000 hectares of public forest for sustainable, coexistable activities, such as maple syrup production, to safeguard its future for at least the next 50 years.
  2. Rescind the new 24-centimetre tapping standard, which would eliminate 1.8 million of the 9 million taps currently in operation on Crown land.
  3. Reorganize the Tables locales de gestion intégrée des ressources et du territoire (TLGIRT) to better recognize the important role maple producers play in the regions.


Chronology of the taken actionS

December 17, 2020

Communiqué : Québec Maple Syrup Producers Outraged by Announcement from Minister Pierre Dufour

February 11, 2021

Communiqué : Québec needs 168 Million Taps by 2080 and a Silvicultural Approach that respects the Forest Capital of our Sugar Bush

August 25, 2021

November 10, 2021

Québec Maple Syrup Producers (QMSP) held its semi-annual general meetings for the organization and the Joint Plan on November 10th in Lévis. Forests, Wildlife, and Parks Minister Pierre Dufour came to make various announcements, including the addition of 2.1 million taps to public lands. Mr. Dufour addressed the meeting and several QMSP delegates questioned him directly about the quota allocation process for public lands, the new tapping standard on public lands, and protections for Québec maple production.

Summary of Minister Pierre Dufour’s Statements at Semi-Annual Meeting


May 25, 2022

QMSP held its Annual General Meeting on May 25, 2022 in Drummondville. Forests, Wildlife, and Parks Minister Pierre Dufour attended, announcing public consultations on the Ministerial Master Plan for the Development of Maple Production in Public Forests. The consultations ended on July 26, 2022.

June 22, 2022

Communiqué: The Future of Maple Syrup is Being Decided Today

June 30, 2022

Letter of comment for maple producers (to be personalized and sent to MFFP for the consultations)

July 26, 2022

End of public consultations and release of communiqué.
QMSP used the last month to fully explain the maple industry’s issues and submit proposals for a better coexistence of public forest usage to the consultations. The organization tabled its brief and regional chapters shared their comments and observations with MFFP.

August 19, 2022

New Summary Statement: L’avenir du sirop d’érable est en jeu

August 30, 2022

Publication of the study Évaluations des retombées économiques de l’acériculture québécoise en 2020

Communiqué: Maple Syrup is a Billion-Dollar Québec Industry









September 8, 2022

January 31, 2023

March 10, 2023

Number of companies, taps on private and public lands, and quotas by region of Québec in 2020, in production

Production status of companies in Québec, as of 2021