Effective immediately, the allowable annual cut for the Strathcona Timber Supply Area is 1,138,000 cubic metres.
Of this amount, 152,000 cubic metres is attributable to harvest from the Loughborough timber supply block, and 986,000 cubic metres to harvest from the Sayward and Kyuquot timber supply blocks.
In 2005 the allowable annual cut was set at 1,217,000 cubic metres. In June 2015, the allowable annual cut was decreased to 1,203,576 cubic metres to account for the issuance of an area-based First Nations Woodland Licence in the timber supply area.
The Strathcona Timber Supply Area covers 1.36 million hectares on Vancouver Island, islands in the Johnstone Strait and northern Gulf Islands and an area of land between Knight and Bute Inlets on the mainland. About 174,000 hectares are available for timber harvesting. The timber supply area includes the communities of Campbell River, Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland, Gold River, Tahsis, Zeballos, Sayward and Kyuquot.
Dominant tree species include western hemlock, balsam fir, Douglas-fir and western redcedar.
Chief forester, Diane Nicholls –
“After careful review I am satisfied that the new allowable annual cut determination reflects government’s objectives for all forest resources within the Strathcona Timber Supply Area over the next 10 years and will continue to meet best current management practices.”
- The chief forester’s allowable annual cut determination is an independent, professional judgment based on information ranging from technical forestry reports, First Nations and public input to the government’s social and economic goals.
- Under the timber supply review, the chief forester must determine harvest levels in each of the province’s 38 timber supply areas and 34 tree farm licences at least once every 10 years.
The chief forester’s allowable annual cut determination is available online at: https://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hts/tsa/tsa37/