Below is a list of all departments and services within Gesgapegiag.
The Forestry Department is an operational unit, working like a business but directly under the Band Administration.
Forestry activities are classified under two general categories: non-commercial forest management (also called forest stand education) and commercial forest management (harvesting).
PCT (Pre-commercial Forest Thinning), cleaning of plantations and cleaning of natural regeneration are under the first category. These activities are performed by the “Production Crew” from June to October. The Production crew includes 9 persons. Seven of them are regular members, all experienced brush-cutter operators working there for over 10 years. They are paid piece-work in accordance with the industry standards applying to this type of works. It means they are competitive in term of quantity of works done as well as in the quality of the treatments. The contracts are signed with Rexforêt that is a governmental organism managing the non-commercial forest reinvestment all over the Quebec Province.
The Micmacs of Gesgapegiag Band has a Forest Management Agreement (called PRAU) with “Ministère des Forêts de la Faune et des Parc” Quebec to harvest 15,000 cubic meters of softwoods to be sold to a local sawmill. A multiprocessor and a forwarder perform a large part of the harvesting. For the areas harder to access or steep slopes, we are using a cable skidder and manual operators.
The Forestry department is also in charge of job creating projects related to other forest resources: management of recreational areas, wildlife protection, river enhancement project, firewood for elders and even handcraft workshops. Those activities are depending on the government financing (ex: FAIR or PPA). Usually 12 seasonal workers are hired for these projects. As the PPA program was confirmed for 3 years in 2016, the level of employment should be maintained for the coming seasons.
All together with the technical crew and some temporary projects, the Forestry Department employs 25 to 28 individuals, mainly on a seasonal basis for 16 weeks and more. Most of the employees are on seniority list. They are receiving periodical training update to comply with the industry standards and to respond to the safety and security rules applying to the forestry Units. That’s why there is a low number of incident or accident at work occurring in the department.