Burns Lake Community Forest Today
Tenure Type: Long-Term Community Forest Agreement, dated April 12, 2005
Term of Agreement: 25 years
Purpose of Agreement:
- making improvements to the land base, and;
- generating benefits for all residents of the Lakes Timber Supply Area
Size of community forest: 89,109.2 hectares
Species: Approximately 85% of the forested land base of the community forest consists of lodgepole pine. The remainder consists of spruce, with minor amounts of balsam.
AAC (Annual Allowable Cut):
- 2009: 250,000 cubic meters
- 2010: 86,000 cubic meters
- 2011-2013: 260,000 cubic meters
- 2014-2015: 100,000 cubic meters
BLCF conducted a public review of Management Plan #2 (2010-2015) in late 2010. MP #2 was approved on April 18, 2011.
Hectares harvested to date (to December 31, 2011): 8931.3 (gross), 7422.6 (Net Area to be Reforested)
Cubic Meters Harvested (to December 31, 2011): 2,349,592
Harvesting commenced in 2001, with block sizes between 0.5 and 5.0 hectares, and was mostly related to salvage of spruce bark beetle killed trees. Block size increased between 2002 and 2005 to up to 15 hectares average size. Block sizes increased to 15 to 30 hectares in size (and some as large as 200 hectares – the blowdown area in the vicinity of Maxan Lake) between 2005 and 2009. Almost all harvesting activity on the community forest has been a result of salvage of beetle-killed trees (spruce and pine bark beetle) or blowdown. Salvage of mountain pine beetle started with small patch sanitation and snip & skid, but it was soon apparent that the epidemic was upon us. Uplifts up to 500,000 cubic meters a year (between 2005 and 2007) allowed BLCF to salvage dead pine before it lost value, and also reduced the lag time to get these areas planted and productive.
Seedlings planted to date: (to December 31, 2011): 10,065,211
These seedlings consist of approximately 50% pine (locally picked seed since 2007), and 50% genetically improved spruce.
Benefit to the community: Met or exceeded all Burns Lake Community Forest Mission Statement objectives established in 1999 as the following summary sheet shows.
100 per cent of the volume harvested from K1A is sold through a wood fibre sales policy that favours local buyers.
The following spreadsheet summarizes BLCF’s activities between 2001 and 2011:
November 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014
- Burns Lake Community Forest Ltd. (BLCF) harvested approximately 126,000 cubic metres, supplying saw logs to Fraser Lake Sawmill, Canfor Houston, Pacific Timber, and Sheraton. 85 per cent of the cubic metres harvested was beetle-killed pine;
- BLCF provided over $75,000 in stumpage revenue to the government;
- Employing a local contractor, BLCF planted 649,000 seedlings (50 per cent spruce/ 50 per cent pine) in 2014;
- 100 per cent of BLCF’s fibre was harvested by local contracting companies;
- Burns Lake Community Forest Ltd. and Comfor Management Services Ltd. purchased over $3.3 million in goods and services, 90 per cent of which were purchased locally.
June 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015
- BLCF’s three-year harvesting contracts with local contractors expired March 31, 2014 and new contracts were advertised through BLCF’s Select List Contractors;
- BLCF intends on harvesting another 100,000 cubic metres, focussing on beetle-killed pine in the Maxan, Mackenzie, and Ling areas of the Community Forest;
- BLCF’s harvest volume is available to all local processing facilities dependant on fair market price.
How does Burns Lake Community Forest receive feedback from the community?
Annually scheduled Public Information Open Houses, “open door” policy, trades fairs, community barbeques, BLCF bulletin board, “Community Forest Corner” column in LD News and this website.