Ministry of Forests Annual Report 1995/96

Table 4: Productive forest land1 in 1995/96 in timber supply areas2 and tree farm licences3, by forest region

Type Mature Timber4 Immature Timber4 Not Stocked5 Totals
  '000 hectares
Cariboo 3,585 2,053 337 5,975
Kamloops 2,497 1,640 251 4,388
Nelson 1,370 1,767 190 3,327
Prince George 9,585 6,348 1,636 17,569
Prince Rupert 6,548 2,037 416 9,001
Vancouver 3,392 1,835 134 5,361
Totals 26,977 15,680 2,964 45,621

1 Source: 1995/96 Ministry of Forests Resources Inventory Branch reports. Includes only productive forest land where timber harvesting is restricted partly or wholly by factors such as timber quality, accessibility and environmental sensitivity. Excludes:
  • Crown forest land in timber licences
  • all private land
  • all federal land
  • provincial parks and miscellaneous reserves
  • non-productive and non-forest lands
The province's total area is 95 million hectares (1994 Forest, Range and Recreation Resource Analysis, Ministry of Forests).

2 A timber supply area (TSA) is an area of the province designated by the Ministry of Forests for the purpose of analysis, planning and management of timber resources. Boundaries have been determined on the basis of present and expected population centres, transportation networks, manufacturing facilities, and existing administrative boundaries. TSA report data are derived from the latest assembled TSA files released by the Resources Inventory Branch.

3 A tree farm licence (TFL) is a privately managed, sustained-yield unit in which the Crown adds forest land to the company's private holdings (if any) sufficient to provide a continuous supply of wood for an existing or planned mill. The private and Crown lands comprising the licence are described as Schedule A lands or Schedule B lands. Schedule A lands are Crown-granted lands (privately owned lands), or Crown lands with timber alienated (such as licences, leases and timber berths) that are now included in the licence area. Schedule B lands are Crown lands on which the timber is fully committed by the province to the licensee. TFL report data are derived from the management plans of the licensees, except for the following:

  • TFLs 3 and 8 are estimates provided by the licensee. An allowance was made for Not Stocked by subtracting the most recent Not Stocked figure from the Immature Total provided.
  • TFL 48 was reported from the Ministry of Forests' Inventory program database. The licensee is in the process of updating the inventory.
  • TFL 47's Mature figure includes licensee categories of Old Growth and Inoperable. Immature includes the licensee category Deciduous.
For more detailed information regarding the TFL inventories, contact the Resources Inventory Branch.

4 Stands with lodgepole pine and whitebark pine or deciduous species as the leading species are immature if the stand age is 80 years or less; when the stand age is greater than 80 years, the stand is mature. Otherwise, all stands having conifers other than lodgepole pine and whitebark pine as the leading species are immature when the stand age is 120 years or less; when the stand age is greater than 120 years, the stand is mature.

5 Not Stocked Productive Forest Land. Includes areas (Current and Pre-1982 Backlog) that were disturbed by harvesting, wildfire or other causes, and were not satisfactorily restocked. Anticipated regeneration delay may be between one and seven years on current lands that are not satisfactorily restocked. Also includes non-commercial areas, either covered with commercial tree species, or at least 60 per cent covered with brush that is higher than one metre.