By: The Working Forest Staff
Comments are being accepted until May 3, 2015, on a new discussion paper released today as part of a comprehensive timber supply review for the Fraser Timber Supply Area.
Feedback on the discussion paper will be considered by the chief forester before setting the new allowable annual cut. The discussion paper describes the geography, natural resources, forest management and land use plans of the Fraser Timber Supply Area. It also provides the results of the timber supply analysis, including a base-case harvest forecast.
The Fraser Timber Supply Area covers about 1.4 million hectares and includes the communities of Boston Bar, Hope, Yale and Chilliwack, as well as those communities within Metro Vancouver.
The chief forester’s allowable annual cut determination is an independent professional judgment based on information such as technical forestry reports and input from First Nations and the public.
Under the Forest Act, the chief forester must determine the maximum amount of wood that can be harvested in each of the province’s 38 timber supply areas and 34 tree farm licences at least once every 10 years. However, a new allowable annual cut may be determined earlier in response to abnormal situations, or postponed for up to five years if an allowable annual cut level is not expected to change significantly.
To view or download a copy of the discussion paper, visit the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations forest analysis and inventory branch website at:http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hts/tsa/tsa30/index.htm