The Province has released an updated Annual Allowable Cut for the Quesnel Timber Supply Area. Chief Forester Diane Nicholls announced the expected reduction in the quota Friday morning.
At 2,607,000 cubic metres, the level is about 35% lower than the previous Annual Allowable Cut set in 2011. However Nicholls notes the cut is close to the average annual harvest for the last three years and consistent with the 1996 level, which was set before the mountain pine beetle infestation.
“After considering all of 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 Areas,” said Nicholls. She believes the quota reflects the transition to lower harvest levels to allow newly reforested areas to grow.
The province says there are three sawmills, two pulp mills, a plywood plant and a medium-density fibreboard plant operating within the timber supply area. The area includes Quesnel, Red Bluff, Barlow Creek, Dragon Lake, Bouchie Lake, and 13 First Nations communities.
In simple terms, the Annual Allowable Cut determines the amount of timber that can be cut yearly. It determines the figure by considering the long-term availability of timber along with social, economic, and environmental issues.