Harvesting

The act of removing standing timber from land controlled by WynnWood is completed with consideration of all resource management objectives.

Forest Managers at WynnWood must consider all the resources and determine harvest areas will meet or maintain resource objectives as well as meeting social, economic goals. Development of areas considered for harvest will require consultation with communities and concerned individuals as well as government and other affected agencies to solicit information, discussion and comments.   The concerns and suggestions as a result of consultations are examined and if valid will be adopted in future development activities.

The geography and management along Kootenay Lake is challenging, with steep, rocky terrain and a lot of resource management objectives, including domestic water use, archeological/heritage sites, soils, old growth, wildlife, visual and recreational objectives to name a few. As a result, WynnWood employs a combination of conventional ground-skidding harvesting on the gentle to moderate slopes and over-head cable yarding systems on the steep side hills and areas with sensitive soils. Many areas require careful management using partial cut silviculture systems.

Harvest sites incorporate wildlife tree retention or leave areas to achieve resource objectives and consider natural disturbance tendencies of the forest being developed. Natural disturbance types are based on how the flora and fauna have evolved and established based on biology/ecology, geology and climate. Forest Managers will consider the effects of climate change and future climate change based on scientifically accepted models being developed. A combination of partial cutting and clear-cutting are carried out over a range of landscapes to ensure that reforestation efforts have the best chance of success following harvesting activities.