The magazine Canadian Forest Industries met with Ken Byrne, manager of resource management to discuss the work done by FPInnovations on commercial thinning in Western Canada. Here is an extract of the article published this month.
Exploring the viability of commercial thinning in Western Canada
As the amount of mountain pine beetle killed stands in western Canada decreases, timber supply will shrink drastically. For logging contractors and sawmills, particularly in B.C., this leads to lower production and even mill closures.
But FPInnovations’ research on commercial thinning in western Canada may help reduce the impact.
“It’s not going to completely replace that downfall in cut, but it’s one tool in the toolbox that we could use to at least recover some volume that is otherwise inaccessible,” says Ken Byrne, FPInnovations’ manager of resource management. “If we can reduce the number of mills that shut down, that preserves jobs and sustains the economy of some of these smaller communities throughout B.C.”
The inaccessible volume Byrne is referring to are forest stands in “visual corridors,” places where it’s not considered socially acceptable to clear-cut. The goal is to partially harvest those blocks using commercial thinning techniques, which preserves the visual appeal of a pristine landscape for B.C. residents.
Read more about the genesis for research, workshops, benefits and more in the full article.