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 Robson Valley timber supply area (TSA). Public feedback on the discussion paper will be considered by the chief forester before setting a new allowable annual cut (AAC). The current allowable annual cut for the Robson Valley TSA, in effect since Aug. 4, 2006, is 536,000 cubic metres per year and will remain in effect until a new AAC is determined.
The Robson Valley TSA is located in the Rocky Mountain Trench, south of Prince George to Jasper National Park. It covers approximately 1.26 million hectares and includes the communities of McBride, Dunster, Valemount and Crescent Spur.
The discussion paper described the geography, natural resources, forest management and land use plans of the Robson Valley Timber Supply Area. It also provided the results of the timber supply analysis, including a base case harvest forecast.
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 which was considered by the chief forester before setting a new allowable annual cut.
Details of the Engagement:
Date: February 3, 2014
Category: Natural Resources
Types: Email, Mail