Ministry reduces Revelstoke TSA annual cut by 2 per cent

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has reduced the Revelstoke timber supply area’s allowable annual cut by two per cent.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has reduced the Revelstoke timber supply area’s allowable annual cut by two per cent.

The announcement was made on July 28 and is effective immediately.

“The allowable annual cut for the Revelstoke timber supply area will decrease slightly by 5,000 cubic metres to ensure sustainability,” said ministry chief forester Jim Snetsinger. “In addition to timber supply, this new AAC accounts for a range of other important values, including mountain caribou, biodiversity and other wildlife, as well as social and economic considerations.”

The ministry explains he chief forester’s determination is an independent professional judgement based on information ranging from technical forestry reports,  First Nations and public input to the government’s social and economic goals.

The Revelstoke timber supply area covers 527,000 hectares. The main tree species are Engelmann spruce, western hemlock, western red cedar and Douglas-fir. Downie Street Sawmills is the largest operator in the area followed by BC Timber Sales, Joe Kozek Sawmill and Stella-Jones Canada.