Sponsors: District of Vanderhoof
Endorsed by the NCLGA and UBCM Memberships
WHEREAS since 2004 the constraints on the Interior Forest Districts have increased to where they now negatively impact the timber supply, resulting in a shortage of fibre supply threatening the loss of jobs, which would be devastating to the local economies;
AND WHEREAS before the full effect of the Mountain Pine Beetle was understood, constraints on the forest, in particular Visual Quality Objectives and Wildlife Tree Patches, were applied having a negative impact on local mills longevity and operations in their traditional areas:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NCLGA and the UBCM request that the Minister of Forests insures that there is a comprehensive cost benefit analysis completed along with a cumulative impact assessment on the current impacts of established constraints, in particular the constraints of Visual Quality Objectives and Wildlife Tree Patches.
The UBCM membership has not previously considered a resolution calling on the Province to complete a cost benefit analysis and cumulative impact assessment on current timber supply constraints, such as visual quality objectives and wildlife tree patches.
Currently in Vanderhoof there is approximately 36 million m3 of volume available. The current rate of consumption is 3.4 million m3 a year. In addition we are losing about 8% to Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) shelf life issues. A simple calculation says that there is less than 10 years of volume left in Vanderhoof. The Vanderhoof Forest District is indicative of other Forest Districts within the Interior Forest District.
Until 2004 the timber supply constraints were deemed to be manageable. Initial targets established that non-timber values would not exceed 6% of the timber supply. The constraints have increased to the point that they now negatively impact the timber supply for local mills. To the best of our knowledge no one has considered the net cumulative impact of the government’s objectives on existing licensees. It appears that a tremendous effort is being placed on encouraging new business ventures and ‘diversifying the economy’ to the detriment of existing operations and established businesses.
There is a need for a comprehensive cost benefit analysis along with a cumulative impact assessment before any further timber supply constraints are applied. The ministry needs to closely examine the existing constraints to accurately determine their long term implications. These constraints were applied before the full effect of the MPB was understood; in particular a review of Visual Quality Objectives and Wildlife Tree Patches should be done.
There is a shortage of fibre supply in the Interior Forest District. The constraints on the forest have a negative impact on local mills longevity and operations in their traditional areas. The ministry needs to implement a process where constraints are assessed in terms of cost/benefit and cumulative effect. This should result in a reduction in constraints on the land base which will help maintain the longevity of existing businesses that are the core providers for jobs and money into the local communities. If something is not done we are risking the loss of thousands of jobs which would be devastating to local economies.