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Forest management plans and pine



beetle control topics at open house





by Mikaela Kuefler

The West Fraser Mills Hinton Wood Products
and Edson Forest Products hosted an open house
at the Galloway Station Museum on March 15.
The open house gave the public a chance to see
West Fraser's upcoming plans and also gave
people a chance to provide feedback and any
concerns.
"Hopefully, we can educate them why we're
doing what we're doing. If there's a major concern
that we didn't know about when we made plans,
then we can maybe alter our plans to
accommodate their concerns," said Civil Culture
Forester Tim Trahan.
Information was provided about the 2017
General Development Plan (GDP) and the 2017-
blind view 2018 Stand Tending Plan.
According to West Fraser Mills, the GDP is
expected to be approved by May 1 and provides a
window five year projection of the compartments that West Residents attend West Fraser Mills Hinton Wood Products and Edson Forest Products open
Fraser will be harvesting in. The plan also
includes any proposed permanent road
house at the Galloway Station Museum on March 15. photo Mikaela Kuefler
construction, potential pit locations, and tree
fashions planting camps. Cut control is also described in the forest landscape that is not human caused, mountain pine beetle in the Edson and Hinton
Last year, there was a significant increase in the
such as fire, wind, insects, and floods.
the plan to report on the status and forecast on the
Managing the landscape based on natural
area. By far, the major area of concern is Jasper
coniferous and deciduous annual allowable cut.
Once the GDP is approved, it will provide disturbance principles means that harvest patterns, National Park, who has not carried out any
direction for which compartments the company block sizes, stand structures retention, and forest significant control measures where the beetle
will conduct harvesting operations in the year. In age classes will be managed on natural populations are exploding.
To address the population of the pine beetle on
most compartments, targeted stands will be disturbance research, with the primary goal of the FMA, West Fraser has developed plans, re-
maintaining these attributes within the range that
dominated by lodgepole pine and aspen.
January 23 logged cutblocks that are being proposed for they would vary naturally. sequencing harvest into pine stands most
The Standing Tending Plan shows previously
Approximating the variability of natural forest
vulnerable to beetle attack. Harvest levels have
mechanical and chemical stand tending treatments pattern is critical but this strategy must be increased from their previous approved annual
February 13 in the next operating year. It takes place during constraints, changing expectations, and scientific allowable cuts to address the pine beetle attacked
balanced with societal values, economic
reforestation, which includes natural regeneration
or susceptible to attack pine trees.
knowledge. The company will seek to strike a
and planting.
Mountain pine beetle outbreaks will be assessed
When forestry personnel complete field surveys balance that is scientifically sound, affordable, and the stands they occur in will be harvested if
March 6, 27 to check the new crop of trees and their survey and acceptable to society. eradication or effective containment is possible.
Addressing important, non-timber forest values
"The big concern is that without a good, cold
shows that competing vegetation needs to be
is also managed, including grizzly bears,
winter or fire, they continue to grow exponentially
removed, they use mechanical (saws) and
April 17 chemical methods. The primary herbicide used is trumpeter swans, Athabasca rainbow trout, the and they have the potential to consume all the pine
glyphosate (Vision).
common nighthawk, the olive-sided flycatcher,
in our area," said Trahan.
The method of herbicide application may be
and riparian Areas.
from the ground (backpack sprayer) or the air expected not to be impacted by the GDP. The
The grizzly bear and trumpeter swans are
May 8, 29 (helicopter sprayer). Athabasca rainbow trout has been listed as Blind View
"If competition is really high, it can suppress the
Window Fashions
'threatened' in Alberta, so West Fraser has been
conifer (pine/spruce) and can increase the
mortality, which affects our regeneration success. involved in the development of a recovery plan
June 19 Something we have to achieve to meet for this species and will incorporate direction from
the recovery plan into future management
government reforestation requirements," said
planning.
Trahan.
As for the common nighthawk and olive-sided
As part of the tending plan, both offices will be
July 10, 31 attempting to imitate or approximate natural flycatcher, these birds have also been designated Custom Window Treatments
since 1988
disturbance patterns through harvesting practices
as 'threatened'. Species conservation strategies
have been developed as part of the company's
to be a core guiding principle of their Forest
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