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Public Input to Inform Annual Allowable Cut

Friday, March 25, 2016 @ 3:50 AM

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.


Far to much log exports, and then we have mills like West Fraser in Houston and Canfor in Quesnel shutting down because they say they don’t have a reliable harvest anymore….

    The percentage of export logs cut in the Prince George region is almost 0%. The vast majority of export wood comes from Vancouver Island, Queen Charlotes and the North Coast.

    If they mandated no export wood allowed in BC it would have no effect on the situations in Quesnel or Houston.

      I call BS on that one. What about BC Custom Timber for one. Right next to Barness Trailers on the road to Vanderhoof… Or the log sort yard in PG. Both export logs from the PG area. Even Canfor exports raw logs from the PG area to mills in the Lower Mainland.

    The pine beetle is responsible for those situations; nothing to do with exports.

Also we have the Spruce beetle doing its thing now. Its everywhere and has been noticeable for over a year now. Even here in town its all over and most land owners have no problem breeding more (then wonder whats happening to their forestry jobs).

All one needs to do to stop the spruce beetle is pick off the infected branch ends and dispose of them and the tree defense will take care of the rest.

    “All one needs to do to stop the spruce beetle is pick off the infected branch ends and dispose of them and the tree defense will take care of the rest.”

    You couldn’t be more wrong. You’re aware it’s a *bark* beetle, right?

    You’re thinking of the spruce gall. Completely different beast and not nearly as harmful as the bark beetle.

    wow, you have all the facts and answers, why dont your contact the Ministry of Forests and let them know how much smarter you are

    Prince George District
    2000 South Ospika Blvd
    Prince George, B.C. V2N 4W5
    Phone: (250) 614-7400
    Fax: (250) 953-0413

The discussion paper shows that most of the remaining timber in the TSA is in the mountains southeast of PG and north of Takla Lake; it’s expensive timber a long way from the mills. The other message is that the cut is projected to drop from around 10 million m3 to around 6 million over the next decade. The difference of 4 million is enough to support three good-sized sawmills or two supermills. So there’s still some contraction to come for the lumber sector around PG/Vanderhoof/FSJ.



Your a great example of someone with a big mouth who knows nothing.

BC Custom Timeber, you mean the Cant Mill who basically have been dormant for the past 2 years? Either way they are a Cant Mill, they do not export raw logs.

The log sort yard in PG? Can you name it because there are NO, NONE, ZERO log sort yards in PG. Dunkley Lumber has yards in Bear Lake, Mackenzie and Fort ST James of which 100% of the raw logs get shipped to their mill site south of Hixon. In Prince George there are no log sort yards. None.

The closest thing there is is the yard that Ainsworth Lumber has trucks bring in Aspen in the BCR site which is then loaded on rail and shipped to 100 Mile House. That is Aspen, a species of lumber which NOBODY uses in the central interior and Ainsworth buys from local loggers in small stands off of sales which are already being harvested. Do you consider that a log export?

Canfor exports raw logs to their mills in the lower mainland? Really? I have been in the business for many, many years and have never heard of a haul of local wood to any lower mainland site. Canfor will move their oversize to Vanderhoof or Dunkleys and in return take the pulp from those locations, but export raw logs south? Your living in dreamland.

Right now the only wood moving out of this region is Aspen, and that is still kept in the province for reman, therefor it is not export wood. Fir has become almost a wastewood because nobody wants it and for the most part it is left standing in the bush on logging sales only to blow down and rot in a few years.

You do a whole lot of yapping but supply ZERO credible proof of your claims that you make up daydreaming in the seat of your chip truck. Why dont you try something factual for once?

I dont call BS on you because your simply ignorant to the facts.

    I think it’s been quite some time since Canfor even had mills in the lower mainland. When you mention fir being almost a wastewood that nobody wants anymore is that balsam fir or Douglas fir? Just curious, I’m not in the Prince George region, but involved in the forest industry elsewhere.


here is a bit more education for you since you appear to not be interested in finding facts for yourself.

definition of EXPORT

ex·port (ĭk-spôrt′, ĕk′spôrt′)

1. To send or transport (a commodity, for example) abroad, especially for trade or sale.

2. To cause the spread of (an idea, for example) in another part of the world; transmit.

would you like me to post the definition of abroad or can you figure that out for yourself?

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