The size of the operable land base in the Mid Coast Timber Supply Area (TSA) was an issue of concern during the previous Timber Supply Review (TSR2). Harvest viability in the partitioned land bases (outer coast, non-conventional harvest systems, and low/poor site Hembal) was of particular concern. In his TSR2 determination, the Chief Forester requested:
An in-depth operability review prior to the next determination that includes consideration of the criteria for the categories in the partition as well as the conventional land base. The partition land base is expected to provide 20% of the AAC.
Monitoring of the utilization of marginally economic stands, including hemlock-balsam stands on sites of poor and low productivity as specified in the partition of the AAC as well as outer coast stands, and non-conventional harvest areas.
Establishment of measurable economic criteria in order to develop a more refined understanding of the complex issue of an appropriate contribution of marginally economic stands.
Based on the concerns expressed by the province?s Chief Forester and discussions with licensees and Ministry of Forest and Range (MFR) staff, this project was conceived to produce an updated operable land base. It was determined that the new operable land base would be based on stand level economic assessments combined with landscape level modeling of road costs. Given the ability to harvest with helicopter systems any stand in the TSA can be considered physically operable. But it is only those that are economic under historical market conditions that should be considered operable for TSR purposes.
Forsite Consultants Ltd.. 2009. Economic Operability Assessment. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program. Forest Investment Account Report
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Forest, Investment, Account, (FIA), British, Columbia
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