Productive forest land accounts for approximately 49% of Nisga’a Lands. Only a portion of the productive forest land base, however, is suitable for growing successive crops of trees for harvesting. The geography and past activities on the land prevent some lands from being operable. A more realistic estimate of operable forest is 34 % of the productive forest land or 16% of Nisga’a Lands. The Timber Products zone is intended to identify areas that are suitable for growing successive crops of trees for commercial harvesting. Other forest based activities and values, while they must always be considered in managing the forest, are secondary to silvicultural activities in this zone. “The trees are there for a purpose. They are just like us. We are all born for a purpose, for a job in this world. Some of us do lots, some of us a little. But we’re all used for one thing or another.” — Rod Robinson, Nisga’a / People of the Nass River
The last forest inventory was completed during Treaty negotiations. Several years ago we recognized the need to improve the inventory information, new 1:20,000 color aerial photos, digital orthophotos and 3D digital models were produced in 2010 and a complete reinventory of timber resources was initiated to be completed in 2013.
Annual Allowable Cut (AAC) Determination
Following the inventory in 2013, a new AAC will be determined for Nisga'a Lands, this AAC will consider any impacts that may reduce or increase the volume of timber available to harvest, such as the LAND USE PLAN for Nisga'a Lands (insert link to LUP), any anticipated fire or insect impacts, or visual standards.