The Ministry of Forests and Range is inviting public review and comment on a discussion paper released today as part of a comprehensive timber supply review of the Kalum timber supply area.
The Kalum timber supply area's current allowable annual cut is 436,884 cubic metres. The discussion paper provides a "base case" harvest level and outlines the environmental, social and economic issues the chief forester will consider before he determines a new allowable annual cut later this year.
The Kalum timber supply area in northwestern British Columbia covers approximately 2.3 million hectares, ranging from the Kitlope River in the south to the lower Nass River in the north. However, only 85,000 hectares contribute to the timber-harvesting land base.
Under the comprehensive timber supply review, the chief forester must determine how much wood can be harvested in each of the province's 37 timber supply areas and 33 tree farm licences every ten years. The chief forester's allowable cut determination is an independent, professional judgment based on information ranging from technical forestry reports and public input, to the government's social and economic goals.
Comments on the timber supply analysis discussion paper will be received until May 15, 2010. Copies of the discussion paper are available on the Ministry of Forests and Range website at www.for.gov.bc.ca/hts
or from the Kalum forest district office in Terrace.