Port council to discuss timber review

  • Nov. 30, 2011 9:00 a.m.

Port Clements council will be discussing the Haida Gwaii timber supply review at its next meeting Dec. 5, with council members saying the document is so important that it deserves the attention of the new council. Council members considered the 20-page public discussion paper from the Haida Gwaii Management Council Monday night (Nov. 28), but said they hadn’t had time to fully read and understand it. They voted to send a copy to the new council members, who will be sworn in next Monday, and delay the discussion until then. Councillor Wally Cheer, who becomes mayor next week, said he does have a couple of concerns about the review, which explains how the Haida Gwaii Management Council will decide on a new annual allowable cut for the islands. His concerns include whether the new cut level will include wood in inaccessible areas and the quality of the wood. “We’ll make more comments at the next meeting, I’m sure,” he said. The management council is a new decision-making body, and setting the annual allowable cut for the islands will be its first big decision. It is asking for public input on the cut level, with a Dec. 17 deadline. The new cut level will almost certainly be much lower than previous allowable cut levels on the islands, although in recent years the actual amount of wood harvested here has been a fraction of the allowable cut. Once the new AAC is set, the chief forester will decide how to divide the cut among the various licence holders on the islands, and councillor Ian Gould said that decision will have a bit impact on Port. “The allotment is one of the biggest things that is going to affect our community in the next three years,” he said. The public discussion paper on the annual allowable cut determination is available on the internet at www.haidagwaiimanagementcouncil.ca

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