Biomass Guidelines (Prince Edward Island, Canada)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
|Place||Prince Edward Island|
|Applies to States or Provinces||Prince Edward Island|
|Name||Biomass Guidelines (Prince Edward Island, Canada)|
|Policy Category||Other Policy|
|Policy Type||Environmental Regulations|
|Program Administrator||Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Forestry|
PEI Biomass Guidelines identify two major pathways that biomass projects may follow: No Public Investment, and Public Investment. Projects with Public Investment include any project that has:
• Grants or loans for start-up, capital, or operating costs;
• Silvicultural or other land management incentives provided through Departmental programs (e.g. Forest Enhancement Program, ALUS); or
• Green credits or certification from Government.
Guidelines for No Public Investment projects must only comply with existing legislation such as the Environmental Protection Act, Wildlife Conservation Act, and other applicable laws.
For Public Investment projects, the following guidelines must also be met:
• All harvest sites require a pre-harvest management plan meeting the standards set out in the Forests, Fish and Wildlife Division’s Ecosystem-based Forest Management Manual;
• All harvests must be in compliance with the standards set out in the Forests, Fish and Wildlife Division’s Ecosystem-based Forest Management Manual;
• For clearcut harvests, only the tree bole may be removed, with branches and foliage to be spread throughout the harvest site (i.e. no whole tree removal);
• For commercial thinnings and other non-clearcut harvests, whole tree harvest is allowed, but stumps must be left in situ; and
• All biomass harvest sites must be mapped via GPS and the map files submitted to the Forests, Fish and Wildlife Division.
Clearcut harvests on sites being converted to agriculture or other non-forest uses are exempt from the management plan requirement and other standards of the Ecosystem-based Forest Management Manual.