Text Size
  • Home
    • About the Department

About the Department

The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for the stewardship and development of the province's natural resources through the Mines and Energy Branches and the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency.

Mines and Energy Branches

Mandate

The mandate of the Mines and Energy Branches includes supervision, control and direction of all matters relating to promotion, exploration and development of mineral and energy resources and related industry developments including:

  • mines, minerals, quarries, and quarry materials;
  • onshore petroleum resources, and in conjunction with the federal government, offshore petroleum resources;
  • electrical generation and transmission;
  • overall responsibility for provincial energy supply and demand;
  • development, monitoring, supervision, assistance or other government intervention into any of the industries as described above;
  • petroleum royalties and associated matters, within or outside the province; and
  • identifying, assessing and monitoring industrial benefits commitments from major resource development projects.

^ Top of Page

Core Values and Guiding Principles

The Mines and Energy Branches value an environment that facilitates a high degree of personal responsibility and initiative. Employee excellence is the key to achieve all goals as individuals and as team members. Employees are guided in their work by the following core values or guiding principles:

  • Integrity - Each individual will be honest, dependable, fair, credible and trustworthy. They will openly acknowledge mistakes, take corrective action and learn from these mistakes.
  • Respect - Each individual will provide opportunities for others to express their opinions and will consider these views in making decisions. Each individual will treat the public and other employees with courtesy and acceptance.
  • Professionalism - Each individual will demonstrate high professional standards and positive attitudes and deliver quality service in an objective, timely and responsive manner.
  • Collaboration - Each individual is open to sharing their knowledge with others and actively seeking the opinions and ideas of others to achieve the desired results.
  • Innovation - Each individual will demonstrate initiative, creativity and flexibility in responding to challenges and change.
  • Safety - Each individual views the personal safety of themselves and co-workers in the highest regard and will promote workplace safety at all times.

^ Top of Page

Primary Clients

The Mines and Energy Branches are ultimately accountable to the residents of the province.

Other primary clients include:

  • Exploration and development companies
  • Electrical generation and supply distribution companies
  • Industrial and residential electricity customers
  • Supply and service companies in the resource and electricity sector
  • Other provincial government departments, crown corporations and agencies

^ Top of Page

Lines of Business

  • Resource Policy

    Working closely with key stakeholders, the Mines and Energy Branches develop resource policy, and coordinate and facilitate sustainable development and management. Based on these frameworks, the Mines and Energy Branches directly and indirectly develop, monitor and/or initiate supporting regulatory and benefits optimization activities.

  • Resource Management

    In the onshore area of the province, the Mines and Energy Branches are solely responsible for ensuring industries follow appropriate resource management practices and comply with relevant regulations. The Branches facilitate well-planned, responsible resource management activities and are responsible for monitoring almost all aspects of these activities. Mineral and petroleum resource management activities also include title allocation, administration and ensuring compliance with site development and rehabilitation requirements.

    In the offshore area, the Energy Branch discharges its operational management and administration functions for offshore petroleum activity under a federal-provincial joint regime administered by the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board.

    In the electricity resource area, involvement in resource management is indirect and implemented through the Public Utilities Board and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro.

    Through the Energy Branch, the Department is also responsible for royalty development and administration for onshore and offshore petroleum royalties.

  • Resource Exploration and Assessment

    This includes all those activities that precede resource development, including the gathering, interpretation and dissemination of Geoscience data and the provision of exploration incentives. The activities of the Mines and Energy Branches in this area are designed to support and encourage exploration, investment decisions, permitting and development opportunities.

  • Promotion and Facilitation of Resource Development

    Resource development builds on exploration and resource assessment. Resource development projects generally tend to be long term and capital intensive and as such generate significant economic and employment benefits. These projects can be important economic catalysts, particularly for rural area growth as well as industrial infrastructure and supply and service capabilities. A number of activities are specifically directed to promoting and facilitating well planned, responsible mineral and energy development and their associated business and employment opportunities.

^ Top of Page

Forestry and Agrifoods Agency

Mandate

The mandate of the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency includes the supervision, control and direction of all matters relating to:

  • forest resources and utilization, constructing and maintaining forest access roads, forest protection from fire and insects, silviculture, inventory, conservation, management, preparation of management plans, surveying, mapping and development of forest resources;
  • enforcement and compliance responsibility in the areas of forestry and wildlife and assisting in enforcement in the areas of inland fisheries, motorized snow vehicle and all terrain vehicle usage;
  • agriculture, including, without limitation of the word "agriculture," agrifoods, agronomy, horticulture, animal husbandry, aviculture, the development of forage production and the growing of hay and the products of agriculture, including, without limitation of the word "products," animals, meats, fur, eggs, poultry, wool, dairy products, berries, grains, seeds, fruit, including wild fruit, fruit products, vegetables and vegetable products;
  • animal health;
  • food technology and marketing; and
  • agricultural land and the sustainable utilization, protection, conservation, management, surveying, mapping and development of agricultural land.

^ Top of Page

Core Values and Guiding Principles

The Forestry and Agrifoods Agency values an environment that facilitates a high degree of personal responsibility and initiative. Employee excellence is the key to achievement of all activities as individuals and as team members. During the 2008-11 planning period, the Agency's employees will be guided in their work by the following core values or guiding principles:

  • Integrity - Each individual will be honest, dependable, fair, credible and trustworthy. They will openly acknowledge mistakes, seek to correct them and learn from them.
  • Respect and Professionalism - Each individual will apply legislation and policies equitably and will serve the Agency’s client groups to the fullest extent possible.
  • Collaboration - Each individual will seek the opinions and ideas of others in the application of legislation and policies.
  • Innovation- Each individual will demonstrate initiative and flexibility in responding to challenges and change.
  • Safety - Each individual views the personal safety of themselves and co-workers in the highest regard and will promote workplace safety at all times.
  • Productive - Each individual will maximize their productivity and efficiency in carrying out their duties.
  • Timely - Each individual will conduct their duties in a timely manner and meet all established deadlines.

^ Top of Page

Primary Clients

  • Pulp and paper and sawmill industries
  • Secondary processing value added industries
  • Commercial cutting permit holders on crown land
  • Aboriginal groups
  • Agribusinesses
  • Agriculture organizations
  • Municipal councils
  • Environmental groups
  • Other provincial government departments
  • The residents of the province.

^ Top of Page

Lines of Business

Working closely with key stakeholders, the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency develops policy and programs, and provides support functions to the forestry, agriculture and agrifoods industries. Programs and services are specifically directed to promoting and facilitating well-planned, sustainable growth and development and associated economic and employment opportunities.

The Agency has 8 main program and service areas:

  • Sustainable Forest Management

    Through the Agency's headquarters in Corner Brook, and offices in St. John's, the Agency is responsible for policy, legislation, programs and forest management planning that enable the residents of the province to benefit from the services that ecosystems provide while ensuring their sustainability and health.

    These programs include silviculture, resource roads construction, forest inventory, forest fire suppression, forest insect control, forest management planning, enforcement/compliance and industry development.

  • Regional Services

    The policy and programs associated with sustainable forest management, health and services are implemented through a regional/district structure. Regional Services is responsible for the delivery of the silviculture, resource roads, forest fire suppression, and enforcement/compliance programs. In addition, Regional Services is responsible for dealing with wildlife issues related to public safety (road kills, injured animals, etc,) public awareness programs (presentations to schools, service clubs, etc,) addressing public concerns on other forest resource management issues and the development of district sustainable forest management plans.

  • Enforcement and Compliance of Legislated Requirements

    The Agency's responsibility for enforcement of the province's Forestry and Wildlife Acts is delivered through the Regional Services structure. In addition, the Agency collaborates with other government departments and agencies in enforcement of the federal Fisheries Act (Inland Fish), All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Regulations and the Migratory Birds Convention Act. The Agency is responsible for monitoring timber harvesting operations as well as patrolling hunting areas for compliance with the regulations under the various Acts noted above.

  • Licensing and Permitting

    The Agency's regional and district offices issue licenses and permits for:

    • Commercial or domestic timber cutting
    • Commercial or domestic sawmilling
    • Brush burning
    • Harvesting equipment operation during the fire season
    • Timber export
    • Timber scaling
    • The purchase of timber
    • Protection of livestock from coyotes
    • Bear protection
    • Replacement of a big game license
    • Destruction of problem animals
    • Running dogs
    • Distribution of big game meat
    • Transportation of big game in a closed season
    • Hunting caribou in Labrador
    • Removal of endangered species
    • Entry and exit from Salmonier Nature Park
    • Outdoor identification
    • Management of at risk species
    • Possession for taxidermy
    • The export of big game and animal parts
  • Production and Market Development

    The Agency offers a wide range of programs and services aimed at maximizing production and market development at the primary and secondary levels. These programs and services include: professional and technical support, pest control training, research and development, market development, market intelligence, on-farm food safety, off-farm food safety, and marketing and promotion.

  • Business Development Services

    The Agency delivers a wide range of business development services, including: AgriInsurance, Provincial Agrifoods Assistance Program, Fruit and Vegetable Storage Assistance Program, and the Agriculture and Agrifoods Development Fund; Grants and Subsidies for the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Agriculture, 4-H Program, and the Provincial Training Program; and Professional Advisory Services through 9 agricultural representatives and 3 farm management specialists.

  • Land Management

    The Agency's land management program includes: the Land Use Program involving the Real Property Tax Exemption Program, Land Consolidation Program, and Environmental Farm Planning Program; Agricultural Limestone Program; Soil Survey Program; geographic information system development; field mapping/database development; Agricultural Drainage Program; Agricultural Access Roads and Electrical Service Program; and the Soil Fertility and Laboratory Services Program.

  • Animal Health

    Animal health services generally involve any aspect of animal health that is justifiably in the public interest and within those budgetary limits set by the provincial government, including: farm animal veterinary services (livestock and poultry); laboratory analyses (veterinary diagnostic and food safety); control of food quality (milk and meat); monitoring and control of animal diseases of economic or public health interest; professional witnesses in cruelty to animals complaints; assistance to police & wildlife officials; and control of Heritage Animals.

^ Top of Page

 
Last Updated:
This page and all contents are copyright, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, all rights reserved.