An­nual al­low­able cut re­duced

The Prince George Citizen - - FRONT PAGE - Ci­ti­zen staff

B.C.’s chief forester has re­duced the an­nual al­low­able cut in the Prince Ge­orge Tim­ber Sup­ply Area by a third but it should have only a small ef­fect on ac­tiv­ity as it cur­rently stands.

Pre­vi­ously set at 12.5 mil­lion cu­bic me­ters, it now stands at 8.35 mil­lion, the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment state­ment said on Tues­day. How­ever, the av­er­age an­nual har­vest over the last five years was 9.1 mil­lion, mean­ing the ef­fec­tive re­duc­tion is eight per cent.

It will re­main at 8.35 mil­lion for the next five years then be re­duced to 7.35 mil­lion for the fol­low­ing five years.

“Af­ter re­view­ing all rel­e­vant fac­tors on tim­ber and non-tim­ber re­sources, and tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion First Na­tions’ in­ter­ests in the Prince Ge­orge TSA, I am sat­is­fied that the new AAC will ease the tran­si­tion to a lower mid-term tim­ber sup­ply and al­low more time for lo­cal and re­gional economies to ad­just,” chief forester Diane Ni­cholls said in a state­ment.

The de­crease should come as no sur­prise – it was strongly in­di­cated when a con­sul­ta­tion process was launched last year.

The Prince Ge­orge TSA cov­ers about eight mil­lion hectares in the north-cen­tral In­te­rior of the prov- ince and is one of the prov­ince’s largest man­age­ment units.

About three mil­lion hectares of the to­tal TSA land base is con­sid­ered avail­able for tim­ber har­vest­ing. The lead­ing tree species are lodge­pole pine, spruce and sub­alpine fir.

Cur­rently, there are 13 lum­ber mills, three pulp mills, one util­ity mill, four pel­let op­er­a­tions, two co­gen­er­a­tion fa­cil­i­ties and a bioen­ergy fa­cil­ity op­er­at­ing in the tim­ber sup­ply area. Ma­jor com­mu­ni­ties in­clude Prince Ge­orge, Van­der­hoof, Fort St. James and Fraser Lake.

The full de­ter­mi­na­tion is posted on­line at ow.ly/g5Wv30fgYeS.

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