Soo, Summary of Public Input

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Technical critique

The technical critique confirmed the Timber Supply Review analysis results, but generated new timber supply forecasts by examining the following issues:

The technical critique suggests maintenance of timber supply levels identified in this analysis over the first eight decades is dependent upon the availability in decade eight of stands which are being grown now. If these forests are not suitable for harvesting 80 years from now, there will be a significant shortage of wood. This sensitivity arises from the current age class distribution of forests in the Soo Timber Supply Area and is indicated in both the technical critique and the Forest Service analysis.

With the exception of suggested changes in the timber productivity estimates for regenerated forests and of the criteria to determine problem forest types, recommendations were not provided to improve the data, assumptions or computer model used in the Forest Service analysis.

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