Timber Damage Tables 2019-2020
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 2019-2020.
The Government of Alberta 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 incurred through the issuance of dispositions under the Public Lands Act.
These TDA tables will remain in effect until replaced by the 2020-2021 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 discretion.
Determining timber damages for privately held rights is ultimately a matter for private negotiation between the affected parties.
Government of Alberta Calculation of Crown TDA Billing Rates
The Government of Alberta 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 the Government of Alberta 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.
Refer to the Timber Damage Assessment Fact Sheet 2018 and JMC Letter on Reforestation Component for contextual background of Government of Alberta TDA Tables.
The following is the current Agriculture and Forestry Billing Rate Table and additional information on how this table was calculated:
- 2019-2020 Government of Alberta Crown TDA Billing Rate Table
- 2019-2020 Government of Alberta Crown Billing Rate Table Calculation Details
- 2019-2020 Timber Dues Calculations by FMA
Overview of the 2019-2020 JMC TDA Tables
These tables provide the provincial average TDA values that have been calculated for each FMA and for non-FMA lands and feed directly into the Government of Alberta TDA billing rate calculations.
- 2019-2020 Average TDA Values
- 2019-2020 Average Coniferous TDA Values
- 2019-2020 Average Deciduous TDA Values
- The 2019-2020 table updates consider pricing information obtained from Agriculture and Forestry's survey of private transaction pricing for Alberta timber for 2017 and 2018.
- 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 2019-2020 tables is $17.19 per cubic metre.
- For deciduous timber, the standing timber value for inclusion in the 2019-2020 tables is $2.50 per cubic metre.
- 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:
- Map: Forest Management Agreements -- Boreal and Foothills Natural Regions
- Map: Forest Management Agreements -- Natural Subregions
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 Value 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
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, and;
- 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.
The Crown TDA payable for a Geophysical Program is based upon the TDA table rates in effect at the time the exploration program was approved. TDA is payable and owing at the conclusion of the exploration program. Questions related to Geophysical Final Plans can be directed to the Alberta Energy Regulator.
For further information or to request copies of tables from previous years, contact: