The Dungate Community Forest has hired a consultant as it continues to advance a plan to increase its annual allowable cut by 10 per cent.
That’s the maximum allowed by current community forest regulations managed by the provincial government and would increase the forest’s cut from the current 29,000 cubic metres to just under 32,000 cubic metres.
Community forests in B.C. operate on tenures set by the provincial government and the consultant is now looking at areas close to Houston itself, Dungate chair Steve Wright said.
“Of course, however, that would have to come from someone else,” he added of the prospect of increasing the land base on which the community forest logs.
“There’s no extra wood out there. If someone gets more, then someone will get less.”