The Allowable Annual Cut for the Williams Lake Timber Supply Area (TS) fell within the limits set in February 2015, said Harold Stoler, Ministry of Forests acting district manager during the Cariboo Regional District board meeting Wednesday.
With the 3,000,000 cubic metres cut permitted for 2015, a total of 2,916,632 cubic metres was harvested in 2015.
“Of that 1,118,184 cubic metres was live wood and 1,798,448 was dead wood,” Stoler said, noting 2,275,108 cubic metres was pine and the remaining 640,525 cubic metres was non-pine.
When the Chief Forester allocated the cut it was partitioned into one half for live timber and the other half for dead timber, he said.
To protect the mid-term’s green timber, no more than 800,000 cubic metres of non-pine could be harvested, Stoler added.
Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson, however, said there was some over harvesting of the green timber in the Morice TSA in the past.
“The minister did not put in any punitive measures or a hard partition, but just asked them to play nice,” Simpson said. “For us any over harvesting of the green is a massive reduction in mid-term timber supply, that’s the issue.”
At this stage the partition is a “gentlemen’s agreement,” Simpson said, noting he hopes the CRD board is fully apprised of any move toward any encroachment on a green harvest so it can use its political will to engage the minister on appropriate action.
Soler said that is why the ministry is tracking and monitoring the licensees and sharing the information.
Echoing Simpson, CRD chair Al Richmond said if dead pine is left standing and not harvested because markets have gone and move into the green it will impact the future.
“It’s hard but you have to make decisions over the long term not for the short-term gain,” Richmond said. “The stuff that’s dead needs to be utilized.”
Soler said if the ministry sees a trend of companies harvesting more green then it has the right to ask the Chief Forester for a new AAC.
Last December, Minister of Forests Steve Thomson announced the apportionment for the TSA, dividing it up into Forest Licenses — replaceable and non-replaceable, First Nation Woodland Licenses, Community Forests, BCTS Timber Sale Licenses and Forest Service Revenue. Thomson also set aside 20,000 cubic metres for new community forests.
In the original version it said Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson said in the Quesnel area there was over harvesting of green timber when in fact he was referring to past over harvesting of green timber in the Morice TSA.