Significant decline in timber harvest is expected in some interior areas of BC as salvage of timber from forests affected by the mountain pine beetle epidemic winds down. The BC Government has appointed a Special Committee on Timber Supply with the following terms of reference:
"Terms of Reference
- Recommendations that could increase timber supply, including direction on the potential scope of changes to land use objectives, rate of cut and the conversion of volume based to area based tenures; and
- Areas requiring change to legislation and/or key implementation tools.
- Fiscal commitment of the province to balance the budget and maintain competitive electricity rates;
- Maintaining high environmental standards and protection of critical habitat for species and key environmental values;
- Optimal health of communities and as orderly a transition as possible to post beetle cut levels;
- Maintaining a competitive forest industry;
- The existence of First Nations rights and claims of title; and
- The Softwood Lumber Agreement and other trade agreements.
- To appoint of their numbers, one or more subcommittees and to refer to such subcommittees any of the matters referred to the Committee;
- To sit during a period in which the House is adjourned, during the recess after prorogation until the next following Session and during any sitting of the House;
- To adjourn from place to place as may be convenient;
- To retain Jim Snetsinger and Larry Pedersen as technical advisors, and any other personnel as required to assist the Committee;