New harvest level set for Kootenay Lake area

By Ministry of Forests
Government of British Columbia
June 4, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia’s deputy chief forester has set a new allowable annual cut (AAC) level for the Kootenay Lake Timber Supply Area (TSA). Effective, June 4, 2024, the new AAC for the Kootenay Lake TSA is 550,000 cubic metres, a 13.4% reduction from the previous AAC. The new level reflects adjustments made to consider available harvest on unstable steep slopes, and to account for a higher level of stand-level reserves to address biodiversity, stream edge and wetland management, domestic watersheds, cultural heritage resources and climate change. The Kootenay-Boundary Region received unanimous support from First Nations to defer harvest of at-risk old-growth forest. Licensees operating in this TSA have agreed to not harvest these areas until a final decision is made regarding old forest management.

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