During the time for which this determination is in effect, the BC Forest Service, in preparation for the next determination, should undertake a number of tasks including:
soil/terrain studies to clarify the large area currently mapped as environmentally sensitive due to soil conditions and the extent to which these areas constrain timber supply;
root disease studies to examine impacts on timber growth and yield;
measures to ensure that planting densities match target levels since lower densities can affect long term timber supplies;
a determination of the relationship between trees identified for high stumping as wildlife trees and assumed losses due to decay, waste and breakage;
the development of more precise estimates of areas in riparian reserves and riparian management zones;
an assessment of VDYP to verify its appropriateness for use in the TSA and to examine ways of localizing VDYP so that it more accurately models forest growth in the TSA.
As noted, the Lillooet LRMP process has been recently initiated, and it is hoped that this process will provide direction on the appropriate management objectives for biodiversity, wildlife habitat, and visual resources for incorporation into the next timber supply analysis, as well as recommendations to government on protected areas, which could help to resolve some of the outstanding deferrals and delays in the TSA.
June 19, 1996