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Quote of the Week
“If we don’t manipulate the forest, it’ll be manipulated.”
- Tim Juhlin  
- on logging and   
forest management   

 

 
In the wake of a private meeting between council, Spray Lake Sawmills, and Sustainable Resource Development, a public presentation was made at the Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday, October 13, to familiarize council with how logging plans take shape, and why logging takes place.
Tim Juhlin of SRD and Gord Lehn of Spray Lake both attended the meeting to give a presentation about their sides of the planning process.
“Why harvest at all?” said Juhlin. “It’s a basic question.”
The forests in the area are more extensive now than they have ever been, he said, because in the past, fires would sweep through the region, nature’s way of keeping diverse age classes in the forest. Today, a large majority of the forest is moving into full maturity, making it all susceptible to large natural events, such as fire or disease.
The three options to reduce the average age of the forest, said Juhlin, are harvesting, low-intensity burns, or Mother Nature’s plan.
“We want a healthy and diverse forest,” he said. “If we don’t manipulate the forest, it’ll be manipulated. You’ve got a forest out there that’s getting older and older.”
 
Juhlin said that even at current harvest levels, the average age of the forest in this region will rise to 142 years old. At that age, he said, pine trees begin to enter the end of their life cycle.
Juhlin said that logging blocks might appear messy, but said that the patches of trees, fallen logs, and woody debris are left behind purposefully because they are good for biological diversity.
The trend today, he said, is to cut larger patches of forest, reforest the area, and then pull all of the roads out. This is better, he said, than cutting lots of small blocks and having more roads, more cut-block edges, and more blowdown.
Of the total forested landscape in the region, said Juhlin, 46 percent is managed by SRD, while the rest is protected or unreachable.
Gord Lehn spoke about Spray Lake’s planning, which takes place on a more specific level than SRD’s.
Lehn said that Spray Lake works on a rolling five-year plan, so that they are always looking five years ahead. They try to balance their harvesting throughout the region, he said.
... for the full story, see the October 20 issue of the Pass Herald.
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