What was this engagement about?
The public was invited to review and provide comments on a public discussion paper released as part of a comprehensive timber supply review for the Dawson Creek Timber Supply Area. The discussion paper described the geography, natural resources, forest management and land use plans of the Dawson Creek 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. The current allowable annual cut was 1,860,000 cubic metres. Under the Forest Act, the chief forester must determine the maximum amount of wood that can be harvested in each of the province’s 38 timber supply areas and 34 tree farm licences at least once every 10 years. However, 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 Dawson Creek Timber Supply Area covers about 2.3 million hectares, with only 758,335 hectares available for timber harvesting. Communities in the timber supply area include Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Hudson’s Hope, and Tumbler Ridge.
How did my contribution make a difference?
Citizens were invited to give feedback on the discussion paper which was considered by the chief forester before setting a new allowable annual cut.
Details of the Engagement:
Date: November 26, 2013
Category: Natural Resources
Types: Email, Mail