Public Input to Inform Annual Allowable Cut
Prince George, B.C. – The provincial government is inviting public input on the Prince George Timber Supply Area.
A discussion paper on it was released this week and comments are being accepted until May 24, 2016.
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 Prince George Timber Supply Area.
The chief forester will consider all input before setting the annual allowable cut. Currently the Prince George Timber Supply Area is the largest in the Province and covers approximately 7.97 million hectares, with approximately 3.1 million hectares available for timber harvesting.
The timber supply area covers the City of Prince George, Vanderhoof, Fort St. James, the Village of Fraser Lake, as well as several smaller unincorporated communities.
The chief forester’s allowable annual cut determination is an independent professional judgement based on information such as technical forestry reports, 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 38 timber supply areas and 35 tree farm licences at least once every 10 years.
To download a copy of the discussion paper click here.