Lillooet, AAC Rationale

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- land use planning


Since the timber supply analysis was undertaken, the Lillooet district has completed the Bralorne local resource use plan (LRUP), and has nearly completed the Yalakom LRUP. The Bralorne LRUP covers a relatively small area (about 4000 ha) and the main impact on timber supplies is associated with visual quality. I have addressed this impact within the consideration of visual resources for the entire TSA (see above, visual quality,) in respect of which no adjustment to timber supply is contemplated at this time.

The main impact of the Yalakom LRUP (approximately 110 000 ha) on timber supply will likely be the incorporation of forest ecosystem networks to address biodiversity. I have considered this impact under the section on biodiversity, where I acknowledged that provisions for biodiversity exert a downward pressure on timber supply.

Various stakeholders are embarking on an LRMP for the Lillooet TSA. This process should provide valuable direction that will help to guide the analysis work supporting future AAC determinations. One key issue the LRMP process will likely address is what areas should become new protected areas within the TSA. The TSA currently has 9 approved study areas under the Protected Areas Strategy (PAS) which, in essence, has precluded timber harvesting in these areas until a land use decision is made. These, and several deferrals in the TSA, have made it difficult to harvest at the level of the AAC in recent years, as discussed below.

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