Chief forester Diane Nicholls announced with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources yesterday that the allowable annual cut for Canfor’s Tree Farm Licence 48 near Chetwynd will be set at 1,550,000 m³ for five years, effective immediately.
It will then be set at 871,000 m³ for the following five years.
The previous allowable annual cut was set at 900,000 m³ in 2007; this new cut level is 72% higher.
The majority of the Tree Farm Licence 48 borders the Dawson Creek Timber Supply Area, but it also shares boundaries with the Mackenzie, Fort St. John and Prince George timber supply areas.
“The increased harvest level for the next five years will allow for the harvest of mountain pine beetle-impacted trees without unduly compromising the mid and long-term harvest levels while meeting government’s objectives for all forest resources for Tree Farm Licence 48.” said Nicholls in a press release.
This licence mostly affects white spruce, lodgepole pine, sub-alpine fir, trembling aspen, and cottonwood.
The province says this increase is necessary to salvage the dead trees affected by mountain pine beetle, before the stands deteriorate and are no longer suitable for sawlogs.
A partition of 100,000 m³ for deciduous tree-leading stand, to support the demand for deciduous wood fibre in the area, is also in the new allowable annual cut.