The current effective allowable annual cut for the Fraser Timber Supply Area (TSA) remains unchanged at 1,235,700 cubic metres, chief forester Diane Nicholls announced yesterday.
In making her decision, the chief forester took into account the current forest inventory, the growth and yield of existing and future tree stands, accessibility and best management practices.
Located in the Lower Mainland, the Fraser TSA covers about 1.4 million hectares, stretching from Metro Vancouver to Boston Bar. About 250,400 hectares are available for timber harvesting.
The Fraser TSA is one of the most biologically diverse regions in the province, with five biogeoclimatic zones providing habitat for more than 300 species of resident and migratory birds, 45 species of mammals, 11 species of amphibians and five species of reptiles. The diverse landscapes also support 13 commercial tree species.
Chief forester Diane Nicholls –
“After reviewing all relevant factors, including the risks and uncertainties of the information provided, I see no reason to alter the AAC from the current effective level. I am satisfied that an AAC at this level will accommodate all established objectives for forest resources in the Fraser TSA during the next 10 years.”
- 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 or deputy chief forester must determine harvest levels in each of the province’s 38 timber supply areas and 34 tree farm licenses at least once every 10 years.
Source: BC Gov News