What was this engagement about?
As part of a comprehensive timber supply review of the Bulkley timber supply area, a public discussion paper was released describing the geography, natural resources, forest management, land use plans, economic profile and allowable annual cut history of the Bulkley timber supply area.
The chief forester’s allowable annual cut determination is an independent professional judgment based on information such as technical forestry reports and input from First Nations and the public regarding the government’s social and economic goals.
Under the timber supply review, the chief forester must determine how much wood can be harvested in each of the province’s 38 timber supply areas and 34 tree farm licences at least once every 10 years. A new allowable annual cut may be determined earlier in response to abnormal situations, or postponed for up to five years if an allowable annual cut level is not expected to change significantly.
The Bulkley timber supply area is located in the least populated development region in the province with a population of 40,000. Communities within the timber supply area boundaries include Smithers, Telkwa, Moricetown and Fort Babine.
How did my contribution make a difference?
Citizens had the opportunity to review the discussion paper and provide their input. Public feedback on the discussion paper will be considered by the chief forester before he sets a new allowable annual cut.
Details of the Engagement:
Date: December 11, 2012 – February 7, 2013
Category: Natural Resources
Types: Email, Mail