Emails Reveal a Key Forestry Regulation Is ‘Out of Whack’

By Zoe Yunker
The Tyee
November 1, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s annual allowable cut sets out how many trees can be cut each year with the intent of sustaining the industry for years to come. But a legal loophole can allow companies to log beyond the limit for years with no repercussions. In an email chain uncovered through a freedom of information request, Diane Nicholls, the province’s former chief forester, acknowledged the problem. The province’s allowable cut is “sustainable at set levels,” she wrote. But the government’s “tenure allowances” which set forest company logging levels are “completely out of whack” with the annual allowable cut assessments, Nicholls wrote. …B.C.’s emerging harvest crash is linked to a phenomena called the “falldown effect,” says Ben Parfitt of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. …With substantial reduction of allowable cut limits on the horizon in order to adjust to the realities seen in B.C.’s forests, Parfitt added, government needs to act quickly to drop the allowable cut…

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