Timber Supply Review

A process, initiated in 1992, to regularly review the timber supply and the allowable annual cut (AAC) in each of the province’s 37 timber supply areas and 34 tree farm licences. Each review includes an estimate of the area’s long-term sustainable harvesting level and an analysis of projected timber supplies for the short term (20 years), medium term (21–100 years), and long term (200 years or more). Alternative AAC scenarios are investigated in terms of their timber supply, and environmental, economic, and social implications. The chief forester uses this information to determine the AACs for each management unit.