The Minister has expressed the social and economic objectives of the Crown for the province (letter to Chief Forester dated July 28, 1994, attached as Appendix 3, and memo to Chief Forester dated February 26, 1996, attached as Appendix 4) and I understand these to apply to the Lillooet TSA. They are consistent with the objectives stated in the Forest Renewal Plan and include good forest stewardship, a stable timber supply, and allowance of time for communities to adjust to harvest level changes in a managed transition from old-growth to second-growth forests, so as to provide for continuity of employment.
The Minister also stated in his letter that "any decreases in allowable cut at this time should be no larger than are necessary to avoid compromising long run sustainability." He placed particular emphasis on the importance of long-term community stability and the continued availability of good forest jobs. To this end, he asked that the Chief Forester consider the potential impacts on timber supply of commercial thinning and harvesting in previously uneconomical areas. The latter would likely require the use of alternative harvesting systems, and to encourage this the Minister suggested consideration of partitioned AACs. As discussed above, in Silvicultural treatments, opportunities for any significant use of commercial thinnings in the TSA at this time are very limited. With respect to harvesting in previously uneconomical areas, the operability classification for the TSA is based on terrain factors and assumes use of cable systems. Currently even helicopter harvesting is not occurring in areas classed as inoperable, and it appears that there are few opportunities at this time for harvesting in areas classed as inoperable.