The new allowable annual cut for Canfor’s Tree Farm Licence 14 (TFL 14) in the East Kootenays will remain at 180,000 cubic metres, announced Diane Nicholls, chief forester.
“After consulting with First Nations and members of the public, and carefully reviewing all of the available information on timber and non-timber resources in Tree Farm Licence 14, I am confident my decision supports the sustainability of the timber supply,” said Nicholls.
The chief forester’s determination takes into account winter range for ungulates, including mountain caribou, and habitat requirements for other wildlife under the resource management objectives of the Kootenay Boundary Higher Level Plan Order.
TFL 14 is located northwest of Invermere. It covers about 152,000 hectares, with approximately 46,064 hectares available for timber harvesting.
The tree farm licence is within the asserted territories of Ktunaxa Nation Council, Shuswap Indian Band, Adams Lake Indian Band and Neskonlith Indian Band. The dominant tree species are pine, spruce, Interior Douglas fir and balsam.
- 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.
A copy of this allowable annual cut decision is available online at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/forestry/managing-our-forest-resources/timber-supply-review-and-allowable-annual-cut/allowable-annual-cut-tree-farm-licences