Lillooet, AAC Rationale

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History of AAC


In 1982, the allowable annual cut (AAC) for the TSA was temporarily increased from 650 000 cubic metres (m³) to 800 000 m³ to control mountain pine beetle infestations and to salvage damaged timber. In 1988, the AAC was reduced to 650 000 m³ after the temporary increase expired. This volume is currently apportioned by the Minister of Forests as follows:

Apportionment

cubic metres

% of AAC

Forest Licences

469 456

72.2

Small Business Forest Enterprise Program

152 544

23.5

Temporary Licence

(non-replaceable forest licence)

15 000

2.3

Forest Service Reserve

6 500

1.0

subtotal

643 500

99.0

Allocated woodlot licence volume*

6 500

1.0

Total

650 000

100

(* N.B.: Allocated woodlot licence volumes are not included in AACs determined by the Chief Forester under Section 7 of the Forest Act, but are included in this table for reference, as an indication of harvestable volume for the area.)

Approximately 72 percent of the AAC is allocated to three long-term renewable forest licences. These three forest licences are currently held by Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd (348 168 m³), J.S. Jones Holdings Ltd. (88 510 m³) and Lytton Lumber Ltd. (32 778 m³). About 23 percent of the AAC is administered by the BC Forest Service (BCFS) through the Small Business Forest Enterprise Program. The remaining AAC is divided between temporary licences, woodlots and unallocated reserve.

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