The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) will introduce new forest legislation in February 2023 to combine and update existing forest legislation. The two existing forest laws are the Forest Protection Act and the Forest Management Act.
The new legislation will recognize the co-management of forests in the Northwest Territories (NWT), consider the many values of and pressures on the forest including climate change, redefine NWT forests as ecosystems, and modernize the NWT’s permitting and regulatory framework for forest resources.
The new Forest Act is being developed collaboratively with Indigenous governments, Indigenous Organizations and Renewable Resource Boards.
For information on the upcoming engagements, the public can review a Summary of the Proposal for a new Forest Act or the 2018 Forest Act Public Engagement What We Heard Report.
Through November 21 to December 21 the public can participate in the following ways:
For media requests, please contact:
Manager, Communications and Public Affairs
Environment and Natural Resources
Government of the Northwest Territories