Islands Community Stability Initiative

THE ICSI CONSENSUS

6 SUSTAINABILITY
6.1 DEFINITION OF SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainability means meeting our needs today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own; and, maintaining the ability to plan for change.

6.2 THE RATE OF HARVEST

Sustainable forestry provides for an even flow of timber resource quantities and qualities through time, in balance with cultural and environmental values.
The Ministry of Forests has estimated that the Long Term Harvest Level for the TSA is 248,000 cubic metres per year. The current Annual Allowable Cut is 514,335 cubic metres.

The rate of harvest in the three TFLs is based upon inventories and assumptions that do not necessarily reflect the Forest Practices Code and other constraints.
The public lacks confidence in the accuracy of the inventories, the validity of the assumptions and the process used to calculate the rate of cut. The criteria for defining operability are controversial and inconsistent among tenures.

6.3 ICSI CONSENSUS

Planning should be area-based by watershed, instead of volume-based by license. The amount of timber available for harvest should be determined by the watershed management unit.

A public review process as described in Section 11 below, would address this issue.
The longer the adjustment is deferred, the greater will be the resulting timber supply shortfall. The sooner a sustainable rate is established, the higher that rate could be over the long term.