173. The following persons are guilty of an offence:
(1) every person who, without a permit, cuts, removes, carries away or harvests timber or taps a maple tree on lands in the domain of the State;
(2) every permit holder or the third person to whom he entrusts the carrying out of the work authorized by his permit who, in contravention of a prescription of the permit, cuts, removes, carries away or harvests timber or taps a maple tree on lands in the domain of the State.
The offender is liable to a fine of $5 to $75 and, for each subsequent conviction, to a fine of $10 to $125, for each tree in respect of which an offence was committed.
In addition, the judge may, on the conditions he determines, order the offender to reforest the site.
Prior notice of the application for an order shall be given by the prosecutor to the person who could be compelled, under such an order, to reforest the site, except where the parties are in the presence of the judge.
1986, c. 108, s. 173; 1988, c. 73, s. 62; 1990, c. 4, s. 429; 1991, c. 33, s. 42; 1992, c. 61, s. 309; 1999, c. 40, s. 140.