A Special Committee on Timber Supply was appointed May 16th by the Legislative Assembly of B.C. “to examine and make recommendations to address the loss of mid-term timber supply in the central interior” (for background see The Urgency is Accelerated here).
This week, a discussion paper posted on-line points to possible solutions more sensitively worded as “certain actions that might lessen the impacts of the mountain pine beetle on the timber supply.” According to the Terms of Reference here, the Special Committee “shall specifically consider recommendations that could increase timber supply, including direction on the potential scope of changes to land use objectives, rate of cut, and the conversion of volume based to area based tenures.” A series of regional public hearings has been scheduled June 18 to July 12. The committee’s report is due August 15th.
Related: Timber Panel Eyes Logging Protected Areas – Globe and Mail 6/12