12. No person may, in a white-tailed deer yard, carry on an activity involving outcrop stripping, trenching, excavating, boring, seismic reflection or seismic refraction surveying, the drilling of a well for the purposes of exploring for natural gas or petroleum, or the construction of access roads or trails for the purposes of those activities, except in compliance with the following requirements:
(1) a written notice shall be sent by registered mail to the Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife at least 15 days prior to the date set for the beginning of the work. The notice shall specify the type of work that is planned, the size of the area affected, the dates on which the work will begin and end, and the location of the work;
(2) the activity may be carried on only during the period from 1 May to 1 December;
(3) a zone used for outcrop stripping, trenching, excavating, boring or the drilling of a well for the purposes of exploring for natural gas or petroleum may not measure more than 5 ha in a single block and such zones shall be separated from one another by a distance of at least 100 m;
(4) the sum of the areas used for such activities may not represent more than 2% of the total wooded area within the white-tailed deer yard and not more than 2% of the total area of all shelter stands located within the yard; and
(5) trenches and other excavations shall be filled and the organic matter shall be spread over them when the activity is completed.
The percentage of deforestation requirement prescribed in subparagraph 4 of the first paragraph applies cumulatively: areas deforested from one year to the next during simultaneous or successive deforestation activities carried on by one or more persons shall be taken into account, up to a maximum of 10 years from the completion of the work or, where the work lasts less than one year, from the beginning of the work.