BC’s Chief Forester has made a big reduction in the amount of timber that can be harvested in the Williams Lake timber supply area.
The allowable annual cut has been chopped from 5.77 million cubic metres to three million cubic metres effective immediately.
The AAC was temporarily boosted back in 2007 to get the most economic value from forests hit hard by the mountain pine beetle epidemic.
The new cut limits the volume of live trees for harvest to 1.5 million cubic metres, which the province says is close to the level that can be sustained through the mid-term once beetle salvage is complete.
The landmark Tsilhqot’in court case has also had an impact on the timber harvesting land base.
The first nation’s title lands of over 141,000 hectares can no longer be considered as provincial crown land.
Chief Forester Dave Peterson says by focusing on salvage of dead and dying pine while it still has value, he’s confident the mid-term timber supply can be maintained while still contributing to the local economies.