As discussed above, since the BCFS timber supply analysis was completed, district staff have recently undertaken a number of projects to update the estimated timber harvesting land base and the Stein Valley park has been established. I am satisfied that the updates conducted by District staff are appropriate for consideration in this determination.
As noted above, the areas that should be added to the initial timber harvesting land base derived in the BCFS analysis are:
13 193 ha to redress the over-deduction for non-merchantable stands, low sites and deciduous stands;
1297 ha to redress the over-deduction for existing roads, trails and landings
(Note: the 7354 ha figure associated with future roads, trails and landings affects the future timber harvesting land base, but not the initial timber harvesting land base);
1630 ha to account for an inadvertent mapping error.
In total this represents 16 120 ha that should be added to the initial timber harvesting land base derived in the BCFS analysis.
The areas that should be deducted from the initial timber harvesting land base as defined in the BCFS analysis and as noted above, are:
7071 ha to account for additional environmentally sensitive areas;
8366 ha to account for additional inoperable areas; and
13 800 ha (approx.) to account for the Stein Valley park decision.
In total, this represents about 29 237 ha that should be deducted from the initial timber harvesting land base due to these factors.
The aggregate effect of adding 16 120 ha and deducting 29 237 ha in accordance with these updates and changes is a reduction of 13 117 ha, or about 13 000 ha
(5 percent) to the initial timber harvesting land base assumed in the base case. This net reduction approximates the size of the area excluded due to the Stein park decision. As mentioned above, under Stein Valley, the mature timber volume affected is about 7 percent and I have noted this in my "Reasons for decision".