F.A.Q.

Questions frequently asked

When being a member of Aménagement forestier et agricole des Sommets inc, do I need to ask the Syndicat des producteurs de bois de l'Estrie for a quota?

No, AFAS demands a quota for all its members. If you desire producing wood pulp, please inform AFAS as soon as possible.

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I want to begin forestry developement of my property, must I ask for a certificate from my municipality?

Yes and no, it varies from one county to another.

Generally, when a you cut more than 10% of the trees, a certificate is required. For the MRC Haut St-Francois region the cut must be more than 40%.
Most municipalities demand a certificate when brooks are crossed, either permanently or temporarily, for the digging of a draining trench.

Land preparation, reforestation and clearance do not require certificates.

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What do I need to do to received a refund of my real property tax??

First, the forestry producer must pay his/her municipal and school taxes by each due date.

Then, every single year a forestry producer does some work, he/she must obtain a forest engineer’s report testifying what work has been done. With this report, the forest producer can complete section E of his/her provincial tax report and receive a reimbursement of up to 85% of municipal and school taxes (excluding the value of buildings). This is a provincial tax credit.

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How do you become a certified forestry producer?

All you need as valid forest management plan and have completed the forestry producer registration form.  Send everything to your preferred registration office (see:http://www.mrn.gouv.qc.ca/forets/privees/privees-producteur.jsp#5 for a list of our registration offices) These two documents should be accompanied with your municipal tax account(s) and a 20$ check. If your Aménagement forestier et agricole des Sommets inc. (AFAS) makes your forestry management plan, we will take care of all application procedures for you.

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Does being a member of AFAS oblige me to sell my saw wood through AFAS?

No, a member can deal with a saw mill of his/her choice without AFAS intervention. However AFAS receives saw wood bonuses from certain sawmills. To benefit from such advantages you must go through AFAS.

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May I choose my own truck driver?

Yes, just let us know when your load is ready.

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