The Forest Resources Branch seeks assistance from the public in reporting any violation of provincial forest resource legislation (Forestry Act, Endangered Species Act, etc.).
Newfoundland and Labrador's crown timber and other forest resources are the common property of the people of the province. Everybody who uses or enjoys the outdoors has a responsibility to protect and maintain it. Unfortunately not everybody takes this responsibility seriously. Provincial Conservation Officers patrol the province for illegal activities such as: timber harvesting, damaging of habitats, unauthorized forest removal practices, and other forest resource law offences. As crimes against forest resources increase and offenders adopt more sophisticated methods, there is a need for people to assist these officers by following the Observe, Record and Report protocol described below.
The types of violations to look out for include:
Your ability to recognize a violation improves by becoming more familiar with current provincial laws and regulations. Feel free to contact a provincial conservation officer if you have any questions about applicable legislation.
An important safety consideration is not to approach or confront a suspected violator.
Accurate observation and reporting is essential to help prevent these illegal activities, and to bring violators to justice. Important information to record in writing, include:
Once the important facts have been recorded, you may contact your local district office.
With timely, accurate information a violator may be apprehended and convicted without it being necessary for you to appear in court as a witness. It is frequently vital for an officer to contact you directly, however, to confirm details of the event you have reported. For this reason, it is requested that you provide your identification information. Anonymous reports have low priority for investigation because of the difficulty of corroborating information, getting warrants, etc. Your name will not be released to any person without your consent.