Fisheries and Land Resources

Forestry and Agrifoods

Timber Scaling

Timber scaling is defined as the act of measuring timber to determine its volume or mass. The procedures follow clearly defined methodologies as outlined in the Provincial Scaling
Manual and are monitored by staff of the Forestry Services. All timber scalers in this Province must be Licenced by the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency and are responsible for keeping respective endorsements current and for submitting properly completed monthly scaler reports as directed by the Timber Scaling Regulations under the Forestry Act.

Timber scaling is transactional in nature and used for payment purposes for all involved in the timber harvesting process. However, the volume determined by a scaler is also very important data that is used by the Department to track timber sources for compliance issues. It also verifies the allowable annual harvest as calculated by the Allowable Annual Cut (AAC) growth models and, for the basis to capture royalty or stumpage payments due to the Crown for timber harvested from Crown tenure.

Timber scaling, in practice, involves the taking of measurements utilizing accurately graduated traditional tools such as:

  • scale rods
  • diameter sticks and
  • logger's tapes
Measuring solid volume with a diameter stick and logger's tape

Measuring solid volume with a diameter stick and logger's tape

Stacked wood scaling method using scale rod

Stacked wood scaling method using scale rod

Other expanding technologies which must stand up to the scrutiny of the traditional scale for accuracy, precision and regulatory purposes include:

  • weigh machines for mass sampling
  • digital photography
  • scanners
Truck on weigh platform

Truck on weigh platform

Computer software

Computer software

High Res Camera

High Res Camera

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