The Quesnel TSA Strategic Forest Analysis Steering Committee was recently formed with the mission to identify, manage and guide implementation of factors that will contribute to alleviating the imminent AAC falldown in the Quesnel Timber Supply Area while balancing or enhancing environmental values. The Committee has commissioned studies to develop a mitigation strategy that will, to the maximum extent possible, consider community stability issues and will include recommendations on sustainable harvest levels and falldown scenarios acceptable to communities and statutory decision makers. The mitigation strategy will indicate a set of treatments or regimes that have a positive impact on the mid-term timber and habitat supply. The process and results are intended to be transferable to other management units and communities. This study contributes to the development of the mitigation strategy, and is part of a larger study to be developed using FIA project standards Type 1, Type 2, and Type 3 silviculture strategies. This report documents the results of a workshop to develop a strategy and a 5-year plan for the Quesnel TSA. Following this introduction, section 2 summarizes the results of the workshop participant?s identification of issues, strategies and targets. Section 3 quantifies the target areas for strategies that can be implemented with silvicultural investments, and section 4 presents a preliminary five-year program of fertilization and spacing. Appendices A through E describe the timber supply, timber quality and habitat situations, and an overview of TSA resource data and summary of issues from the most recent TSR. Appendices F through H provide background information on potential uplift factors, species and environmental indicators of special concern in the TSA. All of the appendices were developed as background information for (and provided to) the Workshop.
prepared by Cortex Consultants Inc. and Mike Fenger and Associates.