Timber Damage Assessment
Timber Damage Tables 2012-2013
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 2012-2013.
Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) 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 2013-2014 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
Overview of the 2012–2013 JMC TDA Tables
- The 2012–2013 table updates consider pricing information obtained from ESRD’s Coniferous Timber Permit and Deciduous Timber
Permit auctions, as well as information obtained on the pricing of arms-length private timber transactions for the years
2010 and 2011.
- The private transaction pricing was collected through a survey of Alberta Forest Management Agreement and Quota holders
on the value and volume of their private and public timber sales transactions and on logging costs.
- 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
- For coniferous timber, the standing timber value for inclusion in the 2011-2012 tables is $9.56 per cubic metre. This
is higher than the $8.98 per cubic metre on which the 2010-2011 TDA tables were based.
- For deciduous timber, the standing timber value for inclusion in the 2011-2012 tables is $3.38 per cubic metre. This is
higher than the $2.21 per cubic metre on which the 2010-2011 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
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 2012–2013, for Crown administered areas the provincial average TDA values will
continue to be applied in these situations.
In the majority of cases, where the use is not a linear disturbance, and where the disturbance is greater than or equal
to 16 hectares in size (usually large dispositions), the stand-by-stand values may be applied.
These tables provide provincial average TDA values that have been calculated for each FMA and for non-FMA lands and feed
directly into ESRD’s calculation of its TDA billing rates.
Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) Calculation of TDA Billing Rates
ESRD bills only for its share of the coniferous TDA value 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 that ESRD should collect 100% of the timber dues, the holder will also collect timber dues
on their share of the volume and remit it to ESRD at a later date.
The following is the current ESRD Billing Rate Table and additional information on how this table was calculated.
Geophysical TDA Calculation Update
The JMC has provided a recommendation to ESRD and ESRD agrees that TDA values will be set to zero for low impact seismic
- 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.
To request copies of tables from previous years, contact:
- Land Management Branch
Tel: 780 427-3570
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Updated: Aug 29, 2012