2007-10-22

Future of forestry to change

Report predicts drastic decline in allowable cut

A predicted 40 per cent decline in the annual harvest cut for the Kamloops Timber Supply Area (TSA) comes as no surprise as results of a new analysis were released Oct. 11.

The report, issued by the Ministry of Forests and Range, suggests the industry is battling the clock as the annual harvest level of 4.2 million cubic metres could be maintained during the next few years before declining to about 1.8 million cubic metres by 2016.

This decline is about 23 per cent lower than what was predicted before the mountain pine beetle infestation.