For all licensed forest areas, a harvest volume schedule (HVS) is calculated. The harvest volume schedule is also known as an annual allowable cut 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 computer models. To ensure forest sustainability, the amount actually harvested must not exceed the allowable cut for a specified term.
What we are doing
It is mandated that licensees control their actual harvest volume limited to the harvest volume schedule in each licensed area. Stakeholders want to be assured that overharvesting 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
Harvest volume schedule 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 forest resources. 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.