Timber Damage Assessment - Forest Management

 
  
 
 
 Timber Damage Tables 2017-2018

The Joint Energy/Utility and Forest Industry Management Committee (JMC) has agreed to the update of the pricing used to develop the Timber Damage Assessment (TDA) Tables for 2017-2018.

Agriculture and Forestry has accepted the pricing information as submitted by the JMC and as posted on this web page for its own use in billing industrial and commercial land users for timber damages.

These TDA tables will remain in effect until replaced by the 2018-2019 tables.

Private parties may also choose to use the JMC's TDA values as the basis for determining compensation for damages to timber but they are encouraged to undertake their own research in order to understand whether or not the tables are appropriate for their circumstances and then to use the tables at their own risk.

Determining timber damages for privately held rights is ultimately a matter for private negotiation between the affected parties.

Agriculture and Forestry Calculation of TDA Billing Rates

Agriculture and Forestry bills only for its share of the coniferous and deciduous TDA values and the appropriate associated coniferous or deciduous salvage timber dues. Any portion of the TDA value that belongs to an FMA holder will be addressed separately by the FMA holder.

Unless the FMA holder has agreed Agriculture and Forestry should collect 100% of the timber dues, the holder will also collect timber dues on their share of the volume and remit it to the department at a later date.

The following is the current Agriculture and Forestry Billing Rate Table and additional information on how this table was calculated: Average Value Tables

Depending on location, the Crown applies a provincial average TDA value for linear disturbances and non-linear disturbances that are less than 16 hectares in size. In 2017-2018, for Crown administered areas the provincial average TDA values will continue to be applied in these situations.

These tables provide provincial average TDA values that have been calculated for each FMA and for non-FMA lands and feed directly into Agriculture and Forestry's calculation of its TDA billing rates. Overview of the 2017-2018 JMC TDA Tables
  • The 2017-2018 table updates consider pricing information obtained from Agriculture and Forestry's collection of private transaction pricing for Alberta timber for 2015 and 2016.
  • The information is collected through surveys of the Alberta forest industry on the value and volume of private timber sales transactions and logging costs. The data collection, analysis and table updates are undertaken at the request of the Energy/Utility/Forest Products Industry Joint Management Committee (JMC).
  • The survey and the methodology for using the auction, private sales and cost data in developing the tables were developed under the direction of those representatives of the forest/energy/utility industries and their associations that form the JMC.
  • For coniferous timber, the standing timber value for inclusion in the 2017-2018 tables is $11.97 per cubic metre. This is higher than the $9.37 per cubic metre on which the 2016-2017 TDA tables were based.
  • For deciduous timber, the standing timber value for inclusion in the 2017-2018 tables is $1.20 per cubic metre. This is higher than the $1.03 per cubic metre on which the 2016-2017 TDA tables were based.
The JMC oversees preparation of the tables that provide users with TDA values and the standing volume for each of the Boreal and Foothills natural regions.

The following maps illustrate the areas included in the Boreal and Foothills Natural Regions: Please note southern forest management units outside of the Foothills Region use the Foothills tables and forest management unit A13 use the Boreal tables.

Following are links to the tables developed under the oversight of the JMC as noted above:

Full Value TDA Tables

These tables provide an estimate of the average total value of coniferous and deciduous timber damages for each hectare by forest cover type. The amounts in these tables recognize the collective value of the standing timber, the associated annual allowable cut and the cost of future reforestation. Standing Timber Value TDA Tables

These tables provide an estimate of the average value of coniferous and deciduous standing timber damages alone for each hectare by forest cover type. Annual Allowable Cut (AAC) Value TDA Tables

These tables provide an estimate of the average value of coniferous and deciduous AAC timber damages for each hectare by forest cover type also in isolation from the other table components. Reforestation Cost TDA Tables

These tables provide an estimate of the average value of coniferous and deciduous future reforestation costs that the JMC has agreed to include in the determination of timber damages for each hectare by forest cover type. This is in isolation from the other table components. Stand Volume Tables

The stand volume tables provide an estimate of the average volume of coniferous and deciduous timber found on a hectare forest land for each forest cover type in Alberta. These averages are prepared separately for the Foothills and Boreal natural regions. Geophysical TDA Calculation Update

The JMC has provided a recommendation to Agriculture and Forestry and the department agrees that TDA values will be set to zero for low impact seismic programs where:
  • Program average line width is 2.0 metres or less.
  • No category of line width (new, source, receiver) is greater than 2.75 metres.
All activity must employ best practices i.e. meandering avoidance, line of site to be a maximum of 200 metres, avoidance of merchantable timber where and when possible. Failure to achieve best practices will result in the line being billed at the full rate regardless of the line width. This general practice has been in place since 2009.

Contact

For further information or to request copies of tables from previous years, contact:
 
 
 
 
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This information published to the web on February 25, 2016.
Last Reviewed/Revised on July 5, 2017.