Section 7 of the Forest Act reads as follows:
Allowable annual cut
7. (1) The chief forester must determine an allowable annual cut before December 31, 1996, and after that determination at least once every 5 years after the date of the last determination, for
(a) the Crown land in each timber supply area, excluding tree farm licence areas and woodlot licence areas, and
(b) each tree farm licence area.
(1.1) If, after the coming into force of this subsection, the minister
(a) makes an order under section 6 (b) respecting a timber supply area, or
(b) amends or enters into a tree farm licence to accomplish the result set out under section 33.1 (1) (a) to (d),
then, with respect to that timber supply area or tree farm licence area, as the case may be, the chief forester is not required to make the determination under subsection (1) of this section before December 31, 1996, or within 5 years after the last determination, but is required to make the determination
(c) within 5 years after the order under paragraph (a) or the amendment or entering into under paragraph (b), and
(d) after the determination under paragraph (c), at least once every 5 years after the date of the last determination.
(a) the allowable annual cut for the tree farm licence is reduced under section 7.1 (3), and
(b) the chief forester subsequently determines, under subsection (1) of this section, the allowable annual cut for the tree farm licence area,
the chief forester must determine an allowable annual cut at least once every 5 years from the date the allowable annual cut under subsection (1) of this section is effective under section 7.1 (6).
(1.12) If the allowable annual cut for the tree farm licence area is reduced under section 7.1 (3), the chief forester is not required to make the determination under subsection (1) or (1.1) of this section at the times set out in subsection (1) or (1.1) (c) or (d), but must make that determination within one year after the chief forester determines that the holder is in compliance with section 7.1 (2).
(1.2) [Repealed 1994-39-2.]
(1.3) In determining an allowable annual cut under this section the chief forester may specify portions of the allowable annual cut attributable to
(a) different types of timber and terrain in different parts of Crown land within a timber supply area or tree farm licence area,
(b) different types of timber and terrain in different parts of private land within a tree farm licence area, and
(c) gains in timber production on Crown land that are attributable to silviculture treatments funded by the Province, the federal government, or both.
(2) The regional manager or district manager shall determine a volume of timber to be harvested under a woodlot licence during each year or other period of its term, according to the licence.
(3) In determining an allowable annual cut under this section the chief forester, despite anything to the contrary in an agreement listed in section 10, shall consider
(a) the rate of timber production that may be sustained on the area, taking into account
(i) the composition of the forest and its expected rate of growth on the area;
(ii) the expected time that it will take the forest to become re-established on the area following denudation;
(iii) silvicultural treatments to be applied to the area;
(iv) the standard of timber utilization and the allowance for decay, waste and breakage expected to be applied with respect to timber harvesting on the area;
(v) the constraints on the amount of timber produced from the area that reasonably can be expected by use of the area for purposes other than timber production; and
(vi) any other information that, in his opinion, relates to the capability of the area to produce timber;
(b) the short and long term implications to the Province of alternative rates of timber harvesting from the area;
(c) the nature, production capabilities and timber requirements of established and proposed timber processing facilities;
(d) the economic and social objectives of the Crown, as expressed by the minister, for the area, for the general region and for the Province; and
(e) abnormal infestations in and devastations of, and major salvage programs planned for, timber on the area.