Special committee meets on timber supply

The B.C. government’s special committee to examine and make recommendations about mid-term timber supply was meeting all last week.

The provincial government’s special committee to examine and make recommendations about mid-term timber supply in British Columbia as result of the pine beetle infestation was meeting all last week and will continue into this week, says committee member and Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett.

“We have a tentative schedule that we’re finalizing for the community meetings,” Barnett told the Tribune Friday.

So far the committee has designated to begin its tour between June 18 through June 22.

Starting in Smithers, there will be two meetings a day, ending in Prince George.

The dates have yet to be determined for the Cariboo-Chilcotin; however, Barnett said those meetings will take place some time in July, beginning in Quesnel and then heading south to Kamloops, visiting communities along the way.

After that, there will be three days of meetings held in Vancouver with various stake holders, she added.

Since its formation, the committee has been listening to presentations from government staff, Barnett said.

“We have been asking questions to make sure that we are fully abreast on how timber allocations and timber supply analysis are done, and how annual allowable cuts are determined.”

The committee had spent nine hours meeting by, and will meet again June 4 and 6 in Vancouver.

“We continue to discuss issues with staff so we know what is what when we get out there on the road,” Barnett said.

“Aside from Barnett, other members of the committee include John Rustad, MLA Nechako Lakes; Eric Foster, MLA Vernon-Monashee; Ben Stewart, MLA Westside-Kelowna; Harry Bains, MLA Surrey-Newton; Norm Macdonald, MLA Columbia River-Revelstoke; and Bill Routley, MLA Cowichan Valley.

A report from the committee, based on the public consultations, will be due April 15.

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