Comments are being accepted until July 5, 2019, on a discussion paper released as part of a comprehensive timber supply review for the Lakes Timber Supply Area.
The public are invited to attend an open house to learn more at the Lakeside Multiplex Babine/Decker room, 110 Flogum Dr. in Burns Lake, on Wednesday, May 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Public feedback on the discussion paper will be considered by the chief forester before setting the new allowable annual cut.
The discussion paper provides the results of the timber supply analysis, including a base-case harvest forecast. It also describes the geography, natural resources and current forest management practices in the Lakes Timber Supply Area.
The Lakes Timber Supply Area covers approximately 1.5 million hectares in north-central B.C., with about 363,194 hectares available for timber harvesting.
To view or download a copy of the discussion paper, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/forestry/managing-our-forest-resources/timber-supply-review-and-allowable-annual-cut/allowable-annual-cut-timber-supply-areas/lakes-tsa
Copies of the discussion paper can also be viewed at the Nadina Natural Resource District office: 183 Highway 16, West Burns Lake, B.C., 250 692-2200.
Information on the technical details of the timber supply review process and timber supply analysis are available on request by contacting: Forests.ForestAnalysisBranchOffice@gov.bc.ca
- The chief forester’s allowable annual cut determination is an independent professional judgement 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 37 timber supply areas and 34 tree farm licences at least once every 10 years.
- 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.