A compilation of forest biomass harvesting and related policy in Canada

Historically, woody material from cull logs, small diameter trees, tops, and branches has not been marketable in many cases and has been retained on site during forest harvesting operations. Recently, however, there is increasing interest in using woody material such as this as a source of renewable energy.

It is widely recognized that residual woody biomass plays an important role in forest ecosystems. Thus, the potential for increased use of this material for energy has led to interest in implications for long-term site productivity, hydrology, biological diversity, and other aspects of forest ecosystems, and interest in development of policies relevant to forest biomass harvesting.

Recently, the Province of British Columbia published a technical report that summarizes policies, including legislation, regulations, and guidelines, related to the harvest of woody forest biomass in Canada with an emphasis on roadside debris and biomass harvesting from logged blocks.

The report describes forest biomass harvesting policy for each province and territory in Canada as well as federal policies. The technical report, which is titled A Compilation of Forest Biomass Harvesting and Related Policy in Canada, was authored by Jean Roach and Shannon M. Berch of the Province of British Columbia Ministry of Environment.



Roach, J. and S. M. Berch. 2014. A compilation of forest biomass harvesting and related policy in Canada. Technical Report 081. Victoria, BC: Province of British Columbia. http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hfd/pubs/Docs/Tr/Tr081.htm