The Vanderhoof Innovative Forest Practices Agreement (IFPA) participants proposed to the Ministry of Forests (MoF) Prince George Regional Manager that he consider the stump height resulting from the innovative harvesting practices employed by licensees within the IFPA in his review of the IFPAs request for an uplift. In lieu of measured data from the IFPA the results of a project to determine achieved stump height and attendant gain undertaken by the Babine Enhanced Forest Management Pilot Project were used in a timber supply analysis. The Babine EFMPP harvest conditions were identified as similar to the conditions in the IFPA. The achieved stump height for the EFMPP was 15.4 cm, which resulted in an increase of about 1.9 percent in the available annual harvest when this value was used in a sensitivity analysis in the EFMPP timber supply analysis. The Prince George Regional Manager requested that the IFPA demonstrate the merited of this increase by determining the stump height achieved by the IFPA harvesting activities. The major forest license holders are the participants in the Vanderhoof IFPA. These firms and the respective proportion of the volume harvested by these firms during the term of the study are tabled below. Lakeland Mills annually harvest only a small portion (1.4%) of the IFPA annual harvest and therefore none of their harvest blocks were included in the study. It should be noted the proportion of volume harvested by licensee was determined during the initial phase of the project in 2003 and due to continuing tenure changes over the past few years the original proportion was again utilized for the 2006 update.
Province of British Columbia. 2007. Report on the determination of achieved stump height, attendant gain in volume and recommended methodology for future monitoring of stump height. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program. Forest Investment Account Report
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Forest, Investment, Account, (FIA), Logging, Research
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