Fornebu Lumber Company Corporation Inc owns 16,600 hectares of forest, and manages a further 945,000 hectares of forest on behalf of the Crown. In total the annual timber harvest exceeds 1,200,000 m³.
The sustainable forest management planning process involves scheduling appropriate harvest and silvicultural regimes today in order to preserve values such as timber, wildlife habitat, water quality and biodiversity over the long term.
The basic forest management planning steps are:
- Obtaining the most recent forest inventory information
- Making forecasts on how the forest will grow in the future
- Using a computer software package that models forest growth, and the effects of different harvest and silviculture activities on the entire forest land
- Determining an Annual Allowable Cut (AAC) that can be harvested year after year, while never running out of wood
- Mapping harvest blocks for a 10-year period to assure long-term harvest flow
- Scheduling harvest blocks annually in order to achieve the AAC
An evaluation of harvest and silviculture activities is completed after each 5-year period. The AAC is revised to account for new science and changes in the forest inventory information.
The entire planning process is documented in a Forest Management Plan. The Plan must be approved by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) before harvest can occur on Crown land and is available to the general public. The plan for Freehold land must be available to DNR. In both cases, the
Plans are available to our third party environmental certification auditors.