2008-09-22

New Timber License System Tested

A new method of timber sales is being tested this fall, with hopes of getting harvesters to utilize more of the trees they cut.

Forests and Range Minister Pat Bell says instead of selling a license based on cubic metres of lumber, the bids will be a "lump sum" for the whole licence area.

Licences are being advertised this fall by BC Timber Sales business areas to facilitate harvesting of mountain pine beetle-attacked trees, pulp stands or other timber. The results of the innovative timber sale licence initiative will be evaluated before determining whether to expand the program.