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 Mackenzie Timber Supply Area. The discussion paper described the geography, natural resources, forest management and land use plans of the Mackenzie Timber Supply Area.
Public feedback on the discussion paper will be considered by the chief forester before setting a new allowable annual cut. The current allowable annual cut is 3,050,000 cubic metres. The discussion paper describes the geography, natural resources, forest management and land use plans of the Mackenzie Timber Supply Area. It also provides the results of the timber supply analysis, including a base case harvest forecast.
The Mackenzie Timber Supply Area covers about 6.4 million hectares, with only 1.36 million hectares available for timber harvesting. The area is sparsely populated with most of the population living in the community of Mackenzie. Small settlements within the timber supply area include Germansen Landing, Manson Creek, Tsay Keh Dene and Kwadacha.
How did my contribution make a difference?
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.
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.
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: December 16, 2013
Category: Natural Resources
Types: Email, Mail