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Annual cut reduced for Boundary tree farm license

Interfor won’t be able to cut as much wood from a Boundary tree farm license, BC’s chief forester has decided.

In a news release Thursday, Diane Nicholls announced that the cut on Tree Farm License 8 will be reduced about 15 per cent, from 186,000 cubic meters per year, as set in 2009, to 158,400 meters.

TFL 8 encompasses 77,189 hectares across two distinct blocks. The south block is north of Greenwood in the Boundary Creek area, and the north block is within the drainages of Trapping Creek and Carmi Creek north of Beaverdell.

The TFL’s forests are a mix of Douglas fir, larch, lodgepole pine and ponderosa pine at lower and middle elevations, and lodgepole pine, spruce and balsam at higher elevations.

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The new cut “accounts for management measures that address Indigenous interests and the accumulation of unharvested volume” in the license, the province said in a news release.

Under the Forest Act, the chief forester must determine the cut in each of the province’s 37 timber supply areas and 34 tree farm licenses at least once every 10 years.

However, the government says following initial consultation with First Nations in 2019, Nicholls postponed a decision to provide Interfor with more time to consult with First Nations and “revise their management plan to better reflect Indigenous interests.”

By the government’s reckoning, TFL 8 overlaps with the territorial boundaries of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band, Okanagan Indian Band, Okanagan Nation Alliance, Osoyoos Indian Band, Penticton Indian Band, Splatsin First Nation, Upper Nicola Band, Westbank First Nation and the Okanagan Nation Alliance.

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