West Fraser Mills to expand harvest

The Chetwynd Forest Industries division of West Fraser Mills says are going ahead with their Summer 2020 Forest Operating Plan - including a proposed road and cut block development in their Dawson Creek timber supply area. PRRD directors are expected to discuss the matter today at a regular regional district meeting.

In the summer a letter from West Fraser Mills Planning Supervisor Sean West outlined the company’s plans in the South Peace to the PRRD. The five year operating plan includes a series of maps, and breaks down harvesting plans into five categories: current areas considered, previous operated areas, approved cut blocks with active permits, reforested areas not ready for harvest, and reforested areas ready for harvest. Much of the timber supply area continues to be plagued by the remnants of mountain pine beetle. \

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The supply area covers 2.3 million hectares, with an annual allowable cut of 1,860,000 cubic metres.

“Cut block development and harvesting will be prioritized based on forest health,” wrote West in a letter.

“Spruce beetle sanitation and bark beetle salvage stands will continue to be considered a higher priority for development and harvesting over healthy stand.”

The company is inviting comment from the regional district up until September 29, and plans to proceed with applications for cutting and road permits after that.

 - Tom Summer with files

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