A local forest company has been given the go ahead to harvest more wood under the suspended Meadow Creek Cedar license.
According to the Ministry of Forests, the district manager approved Blue Ridge Timber’s new forest stewardship plan on April 22.
Although the license remains under suspension until all requirements under a remediation order are met, a new variance has been issued allowing for more cutting permits.
However, the ministry said the maximum harvest is limited to one year’s volume, whereas typically cutting permits allow four-year or five-year volumes.
A road permit has also been issued.
In an interview last month, Blue Ridge principal Trevor Kanigan said they are also addressing an extensive silviculture backlog.
Meadow Creek Cedar’s license was suspended in February 2012 for poor forestry practices and failing to meet legal obligations.
Blue Ridge Timber, which signed an agreement to conduct forestry operations under the license as the first step toward eventually buying it, is a sister company to Gold Island Forest Products, Sentinel Enterprises, and Selkirk Truss, all run by the Kanigan family at South Slocan.