What is it?
Clearing concerns you if your farmland contains material deposits that are generally used in construction, such as sand, gravel or rock. Clearing disposes of this material by selling it, for example, in order to improve the yield of that section of your field.
Backfilling is for plots whose yield is compromised by too much relief or by thin, stony or eroded soil. Backfilling consists of adding soil to these plots, to make them more suitable for agriculture.
Clearing and filling requires a permit from your municipality. Depending on the scope of your project, authorization from the Commission de protection du territoire agricole du Québec (CPTAQ) or the Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MELCC) may also be required.
Finally, before proceeding, you must have in hand an agronomic report justifying the relevance of your project, characterizing the site and detailing the steps for its rehabilitation.
What’s in it for me?
Clearing and backfilling improve certain characteristics of your soils in order to make them more productive. By getting the required authorizations, you ensure that this does not compromise the agricultural potential of your fields and fully respects environmental standards.
In addition to assisting you in your administrative procedures with your municipality, the CPTAQ or the MELCC, our team of agrologists facilitates each step of your project. For example, they can: