Quesnel AAC 35 per cent lower than previous cut level
June 22, 2017 - The B.C. government has set the annual allowable cut (AAC) for the Quesnel timber supply area at 2,607,000 cubic metres, 35 per cent lower than the four million cubic metres set in 2011.
By Maria Church
“After considering all of the available information on timber and non-timber resources – including social and economic objectives – I am confident that this new cut level will maximize the long-term supply of timber in the Quesnel Timber Supply Area,” Chief forester Diane Nicholls said in a news release on June 16.
According to the release, the cut level is close to the average annual harvest over the past three years and similar to the AAC set in 1996, before the mountain pine beetle infestation began.
The new AAC sets limits to harvest maximums of 127,000 cubic metres from deciduous tree-leading stands and 1.25 million cubic metres to living trees. The remainder must be harvested from dead trees. The Quesnel Timber Supply Area covers approximately 1.6 million hectares of mainly lodgepole pine, spruce and Douglas-fir.
There are three sawmills, two pulp mills, a plywood plant and a medium-density fibreboard plant operating within the Quesnel timber supply area.