The purpose of this study is to explore the economic prospects of using a higher fraction of the B.C. forest resources which are felled each year, and of harvesting a wider range of stands within the production forest. Many assumptions and definitions have been necessary to make this broad assignment operational. To the extent feasible, all such definitions/assumptions are spelled out in the report. The study is mainly concerned with extracting more wood from forest land when it is felled (forest residues) and with harvesting areas that are available for harvest but not harvested to date because of product technical requirements or quality constraints (underutilize forests). The report describes what fraction of forest residues and underutilized areas have high potential for use (i.e. are marginal to use now), and gives estimates concerning the quantity and quality of this component. It discusses extraction costs, technical raw material requirements, the economics of the industry and the potential for improvements.
FRDA Research Report 121 (3672 KB)
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