Tembec is in the process of developing a Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) planning framework for their operating area, and is committed to balanced, science-based resource management decision making. The basis of the SFMP framework is to develop and implement a set of social, ecological, and economic criteria and indicators (C&I) for sustainable forest management (Tembec 2004). In support of this, Tembec contracted Timberline Forest Inventory Consultants Ltd. (Timberline) to prepare a strategy for evaluating economic outcomes of various SFM strategies during modelling. This involves assessing the effect of different market prices on the merchantability of stands in the current timber harvesting land base on all of Tembec?s operating area within the East Kootenays of BC. Using this timber merchantability information, an economic indicator variable is recommended that is readily quantifiable, meaningful, reproducible, and cost effective (See Section 2, Economic Indicator).
Prepared by Timberline Forest Inventory Consultants Ltd.
Prepared for Tembec.