What is HAP?
The Herbicide Alternatives Program (HAP) was established in 2010 by Indigenous representatives and Tembec (now Rayonier Advanced Materials- RYAM) to identify and apply alternatives to the use of herbicides on company Sustainable Forest Licenses (SFLs) in northeastern Ontario. With a priority focus on the Chapleau Crown Game Preserve and the Gordon Cosens, Romeo Malette and Martel Forests, significant reductions in herbicide use were targeted. Begun as a collaboration coordinated by Mushkegowuk Environmental Research Centre (MERC), Wahkohtowin Development GP. brings new energy and capacity, aiding RYAM in moving from strategy to action in a phase of the program referred to as HAP 2.0.
HAP 2.0 includes the sharing of indigenous knowledge, modification of existing silvicultural techniques and application of LIDAR as examples of new approaches from Forest Management Plan development through to free-to-grow. In 2019, Natural Resources Canada joined Wahkohtowin and RYAM to expand the reach and capacity of the initiative.