Forestry and Agrifoods
Enforcement is an integral part of our forest resources management system. Proper enforcement is crucial to maintaining a sustainable ecosystem.
The responsibility of enforcing the province's forestry regulations lies with the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources. Successful forestry management includes adequate enforcement and protection programs. These programs help ensure that the public understands and is aware of the various requirements in utilizing our forestry resources in a responsible and sustainable manner.
To carry out enforcement of the legislation and regulations, the Department has Conservation Officers located at various Forest Management District Offices throughout the province. In addition to enforcing Forestry regulations under the Forestry Act/Regulations, Conservation Officers are authorized to enforce provisions of the Animal Health and Protection Act/Regulations, Motorized Snow Vehicles and All-Terrain Vehicles Act /Regulations, non wildlife sections of the Endangered Species Act, and the Wilderness and Ecological Reserves Act/Regulations.
Copies of these Acts/Regulations are available through the relevant federal agency (see Related Sites) or provincially from the Office of the Queen's Printer.
The Agriculture and Lands Branch of the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources also has enforcement responsibilities as detailed below:
The Department is a member of
Newfoundland and Labrador Crime Stoppers' toll-free hotline. If
you should have any information regarding a crime against our
wildlife or forest resources or information pertaining to a case
of cruelty to animals, you can call Crime Stoppers with the
pertinent information. Calls are anonymous and you may be
eligible for a cash reward for information that leads to the
conviction of a person.
The number for Crime Stoppers is 1-800-363-TIPS (8477).
During regular office hours please contact your nearest Forest Management District Office to report problem wildlife or nusiance animals such as; black bears, polar bears, coyotes, moose and beavers. Outside of regular office hours, call the After Hour Emergency number.
After Hour Emergency Numbers are not for general enquiries.