The principal activity of the MRC with regards to the local forests is the management of public lands shared by local municipalities.
The role of the MRC is to promote the natural resources on this land and manage it accordingly. Which in turn:
- Generates a multitude of jobs in the forestry industry.
- Provide the needed volume of wood to local saw mills
- Help create and conserve indirect jobs related to the exploitation of the forest.
The history behind the management of local municipal lands can be summarized as follows:
- In 1999 the MRC signed a 5 year contract with the minister of natural resources.
- This contract was renewed for another 5 year period in 2005.
- Seeing how the shared local municipal land is on the public domain, the laws and procedures of the public land agreement are prescribed to be followed.
By this contract the MRC has the responsibility of:
- Annually planning the work that needs to be accomplished with regard to the exploitation of the forest. This planning must be then approved by the minister of natural resources.
- Preparation of technical advice to help in the proper and safe exploitation of the forest on the common municipal land.
- Visits to the proposed exploitation sites in order to prepare and manage them.
- The measuring and quantification of the extracted wood via an electronic database.
- Surveying the work and methods used during the exploitation process.
The commonly owned land between the municipalities in the MRC represents 10 856 hectares, mainly formed of big lots.