Effective March 24, 2017, the allowable annual cut for Louisiana-Pacific Canada Ltd.’s Tree Farm Licence (TFL) 55 near Revelstoke, is 83,000 cubic metres, chief forester Diane Nicholls announced today.
The new cut level is a decrease from the 90,000 cubic metres per year set in 2001, and again in 2007. The reduction reflects the creation of wildlife habitat areas and a land-use order in 2009 protecting older forests and almost 19,000 hectares of mountain caribou habitat. These areas are no longer available for timber harvesting.
Located in the Selkirk Mountains north of Revelstoke, TFL 55 includes rugged terrain characterized by sharp peaks, glaciers and deep narrow, forested valleys. The TFL covers approximately 92,700 hectares and is bordered by the Goldstream River, Mica Creek and Revelstoke Reservoir. However, only about 16,000 hectares is available for timber harvesting.
The new allowable annual cut accommodates biodiversity, watershed management, old-growth forest management, fish habitat and wildlife habitat protection, and social and economic factors in the region.
The dominant tree species in TFL 55 are spruce, subalpine fir, western redcedar, western hemlock and Douglas fir.
Diane Nicholls, chief forester –
“After reviewing all of the factors involved, I am satisfied that the new allowable annual cut for TFL 55 supports forest resource objectives over the next 10 years, considers biodiversity, wildlife and socio-economic concerns in the area.”
- 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 Forest Act, the chief forester must determine the allowable annual cut in each of the province’s 37 timber supply areas and 34 tree farm licences at least once every 10 years.