Community forest continues pitch for more wood

The Dungate Community Forest is emphasizing community involvement, recreation and wildfire prevention in its bid to increase its annual allowable cut.

Appearing before council this month, a community forest representative stressed a united approach will be key to having its application to forests, lands, natural resource operations and rural development minister Doug Donaldson be successfully considered.

It’s proposing adding lands immediately adjacent to the District of Houston reaching south to include the current Morice Mountain Recreation Area.

That would give the community forest the ability to increase its annual allowable cut from the current 29,000 cubic metres a year to 44,000 cubic metres a year.

Logging within the Morice Mountain Recreation Area would be done selectively by preserving recreation values, working within small openings and doing partial cutting in areas.

“Conventional forest practices in this area will not work,” a written presentation to council stated.