The province’s chief forester has announced a two-tiered cut level for the timber supply area around Houston, Granisle, and Topley.
Dave Peterson has reduced the allowable annual cut in the Morice Timber Supply to 1.9 million cubic metres and will decrease it to 1.6 million cubic metres March 16th, 2020.
Peterson says the first five years of the new AAC includes plenty of pine dead for 10 years, along with dead spruce and dead balsam. The cut reduction in 2020 comes when the dead trees will no longer be suitable for harvesting.
He says the two-tiered cut level will let licensees continue to salvage dead pine until the end of its shelf life in 2020.
The Morice AAC was boosted to 2.16 million cubic metres in 2008 to get maximum economic value from forests impacted by the mountain pine beetle.