Timber harvest greater than Minister indicated

  • Aug. 10, 2007 6:00 a.m.

The average actual timber harvest on the islands for the past five years has been about one million cubic metres, according to forestry consultant Keith Moore. That compares to an annual harvest of 800,000 cubic metres proposed in a draft land use agreement for the islands. Mr. Moore spoke at a Port Clements council meeting last month about the timber analysis for the land use agreement, and was asked a question about the current harvest level and how it compares to the proposed harvest level. He didn’t know the answer right away, but did some research and wrote back to Port Clements with the one million cubic metre figure. Recently, Lands Minister Pat Bell had said the cut over the past five years had averaged 827,000 cubic metres.