For each timber supply area (TSA) in the Commercial Forest Zone, a harvest volume schedule (HVS) is calculated. The HVS is also known as an annual allowable cut (AAC) in other Canadian jurisdictions. The HVS is determined based on the results of a timber supply analysis, which provides the output of the selected long-term forest resource management strategy using complex computer modelling. To ensure forest sustainability, the amount of timber harvested must not exceed the HVS for a specified term.
What we are doing
Licensees are required to ensure their timber harvest levels do not exceed the HVS in each TSA. Stakeholders want to be assured that over-harvesting is not occurring in provincial forests. This indicator provides stakeholders with evidence that the harvest at the provincial scale is being conducted on a sustainable basis.
Why it matters
HVS compared to actual harvest is a key performance indicator of sustainable forest management as it provides information on over or under utilization of the available timber supply. It also indicates how the forest industry is performing relative to its allocation of timber. This not only indicates the industry performance, but also highlights potential investment opportunities in the forestry sector. A higher ratio of actual harvest over the harvest volume schedule indicates that the industry is performing well and a low ratio indicates a down-turn in the forest industry.
For more information on the forest sector in Saskatchewan, visit the Ministry of Energy and Resources website.