New allowable annual cut announced for Haida Gwaii

  • Sep. 24, 2012 7:00 p.m.

New harvest levels for Haida Gwaii have been determined by BC’s deputy chief forester Jim Sutherland.In April, the Haida Gwaii Management Council established an allowable annual cut of 929,000 cubic metres for logging on all of Haida Gwaii based on environmental, social and economic considerations. As committed to in the Haida Reconciliation Protocol, this was a joint decision between the province and the Council of the Haida Nation through the Haida Gwaii Management Council.Based on the allowable annual cut for the islands, Mr. Sutherland has now determined the allowable cut for two tree-farm licences and one timber-supply area, effective Sept. 20 of this year.. Tree Farm Licence 58 – (Teal Cedar Products Ltd.) now has a cut level of 79,000 cubic metres per year, of which red and yellow cedar should not exceed, on average, 32,000 cubic metres per year. . Tree Farm Licence 60 – (Taan Forest Inc.) has an allowable annual cut of 340,000 cubic metres, of which red and yellow cedar should not exceed, on average, 133,000 cubic metres per year. . Timber Supply Area 25 – has an allowable annual cut of 512,000 cubic metres, of which red and yellow cedar should not exceed, on average, 195,000 cubic metres.”This is the first time that the decision about how much commercial forest to harvest on Haida Gwaii has been made with the participation of the Haida Gwaii Management Council,” Mr. Sutherland said. “It was a consensus driven process guided by Haida cultural values, ecosystem integrity and environmental considerations.”The deputy chief forester’s allowable annual cuts adds up to slightly more than the annual cut determined by the Haida Gwaii Management Council because they apply to municipal areas, which are not included in the management council’s AAC.