Ministry of Forests Annual Report 1995/96

Table 6: Changes in the not satisfactorily restocked (NSR) Crown land1 in 1995/96

  NSR Category2
Responsibility Ministry Ministry Ministry Ministry SBFEP Major
Year of Denudation Pre-82 Pre-82 1982-87 Post-87
(Oct. 1/87)
(Jan. 1/88)
(Oct. 1/87)
Site Classification Poor
Total NSR (end of 1994/95)4 81,490 202,835 191,817 25,789 73,024 540,443 1,115,398
Additions in NSR in 1995/96 due to:
  Harvesting5, fire and pests6 2,433 2,908 1,084 401 15,095 135,354 157,275
  Plantation failures 565 2,494 3,121 429 1,139 6,368 14,115
  Natural regeneration failure 589 2,672 1,029 7 105 2,705 7,107
Total additions to NSR 3,587 8,074 5,234 837 16,339 144,427 178,497

Reductions to NSR in 1994/95 due to:
  Planting7 1,223 14,519 17,702 1,415 18,370 147,443 200,672
  Natural regeneration 1,978 10,410 12,829 1,121 7,327 40,913 74,578
  Reclassification of
  NSR to NP8
2,529 3,369 23,004 162 2,128 30,465 61,657
Total reductions to NSR 5,730 28,298 53,535 2,698 27,825 218,821 336,907

Total NSR
79,347 182,611 143,515 23,928 61,538 466,049 956,988
Net decrease in
NSR in 1995/96
2,143 20,224 48,302 1,861 11,486 74,394 158,410

1The information in this table does not include 1.96 million hectares of NSR that are included in the inventory summary of NSR in Table 4. The inventory database is on a two-year update cycle. Therefore, much of the 1.96 million hectares is still classified as non-commercial brush or non-commercial timber, even though natural regeneration is in progress on many of the areas, as reflected in this table.

2Key to obligation category, based on the responsibility for reforestation to the free-growing stage.

Ministry, Pre-82, Poor and Low Sites:     Poor and low NSR sites created prior to 1982 are given a low priority for funding.

Ministry, Pre-82, Good and Medium Sites:     A large portion of this obligation category was treated under FRDA I (1985-90).

Ministry, 1982-87, All Sites:     Includes areas under the Small Business Enterprise Program (cut prior to January 1, 1988), and areas of major licensees (cut prior to October 1, 1987). Together with the Ministry, Pre-82, Good and Medium Sites, these areas are considered "outstanding obligations."

Ministry, Post-1987, All Sites:     The Ministry remains responsible for basic silviculture on all areas denuded by fire or pests.

SBFEP, Post-88, All Sites:     Basic silviculture on areas denuded after January 1, 1988 is funded by the Small Business Forest Enterprise Program (SBFEP) account and implemented by the Ministry of Forests.

Major Licensees, Post-1987, All Sites:     Basic silviculture on areas denuded after October 1, 1987 is funded by major licensees. Licensees have six to seven years to reach the basic silviculture requirement through natural regeneration, or three to four years through planting, as specified in the silviculture prescription.

3Figures may not add due to rounding.

4Adjustments to NSR figures reported in the 1994/95 Annual Report can be summarized as follows:

Total NSR at the end of 1994/95:     1,050,611 ha

Late updates to the database:
Further increase in NSR (Pre-87) 5,395 ha
Further decrease in NSR (Post-87) (70,182) ha
Adjusted total NSR at the end of 1994/95: 1,115,398 ha

5NSR resulting from logging is the net area to be regenerated after harvest (excluding roads, landings and other non-productive areas).

6Openings caused by fire or pests refer to incidence in mature timber or in areas already classified as free growing. Fire and pest incidence prior to free growing is considered plantation or natural regeneration failure.

7Area planted does not equal the totals in Tables D-1e and D-1g, due to replants and fill plants that do not affect NSR status.

8NP is non-productive land. Reclassification to NP is due to roads, landings, swamps, rock outcrops, etc.