Comments being accepted for Fort St. John Timber Supply area

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Comments are now being accepted until January 11, 2017 in regards to a discussion paper that was released today as part of a “comprehensive” timber supply review for the Fort St. John Timber Supply Area.

Public feedback received will be by the chief forester before setting a new allowable cut.

The Fort St. John Timber Supply area currently covers around 4.6 million hectares. There are over 1 million hectares available for timber harvesting.

Areas included in the supply areas are: Fort St. John, Taylor, Trutch and Pink Mountain.

The chief forester’s allowable annual cut determination is an independent professional judgement based on information such as technical forestry reports and industry from First Nations as well as 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 situation, or the current allowable annual cut postponed for up to 5 years if it is not expected to change significantly.”