Canadian Forest Service Publications

Canada's Forest Inventory: the sustainable commercial timber base and its growth rate. 1991. Lowe, J.J. Pages 33-36 in D.G. Brand, Editor. Canada's Timber Resources. Petawawa National Forestry Institute, Chalk River, ON, Information Report PI-X-101.

Year: 1991

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 4502

Language: English

Availability: Order paper copy (free)

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The national forestry inventory (Canada's Forest Inventory) is described as a component of the Canadian Forest Resource Data System (CFRDS). The inventory is used to estimate that portion of the forest available for sustainable commercial timber management (the "current woodshed") and the timber growth rate of that area (productivity). The analysis uses detailed CFRDS data and also regional auxiliary information in the CFRDS based on surveys and expert opinion. One personal guess concerning economic accessibility is added due to a lack of expert opinion - readers are invited to substitute their own factor. The current woodshed is estimated to be about 100 million ha, which is 41% of the productive forest area or 10% of the whole country. The timber growth rate is estimated to be 172 million m3/year (68% coniferous, 32% broad-leaved). More detailed studies should eventually refine these estimates, but they serve as a first approximation.