Chief Forester Sets Annual Allowable Cut for Quesnel TSA
Quesnel, B.C. – The annual allowable cut for the Quesnel Timber Supply Area was released today and it’s down considerably from where it was in 2011.
Chief Forester Diane Nicholls set the cut at 2,607,000 cubic metres effective immediately.
“While the new cut level is about 35 per cent less than the four million cubic metres set in 2011, it is close to the average annual harvest over the past three years of about 2.7 million metres and consistent with the allowable annual cut set in 1996 – before the mountain pine beetle infestation began,” reads a statement from Nicholls office.
The cut sets limits to harvest maximums of 127,000 cubic metres from deciduous tree – leading stands and 1.25 million cubic metres to living trees. The rest must be harvested from dead trees.
In addition, the mountain pine beetle epidemic and the salvage logging of dead pine are ending in the Quesnel Timber Supply Area.
Communities in the area include Quesnel, Red Bluff, Barlow Creek, Dragon Lake, Bouchie Lake, Wells and 13 First Nations communities
There are two sawmills, two pulp mills, a plywood plant and a fibreboard plant operating in the region.
“After considering all the available information on timber and non-timber resources – including social and economic objectives – I am confident that this new cut level will maximize the long-term supply of timber in the Quesnel Timber Supply Area,” says Nicholls.