Contributions to community resiliency should be the goal in the management and stewardship of the BC Forest Asset. The requirements and strategic actions needed to move toward this goal are presented in Moving-toward-community-resiliency-specific-actions
Bill Bourgeois reminds policy makers that science influences policy but does not decide on policy in Science influences forest policy. Bill talks about the requirements of Government in this regard.
Paul Schuetz outlines in How are timber harvesting areas determined the steps BC operations foresters must take before an area is approved to harvest. Non-foresters are provided with independent and knowledgeable information about forest planning. Paul is VP and General Manager of Forestry Operations at Industrial Forestry Service Ltd. For the past 27 years Paul has managed large-scale forestry projects for both industry and government clients throughout Western Canada. The article was previously posted in the Truck Logger BC-Winter 2022 edition.
Government’s “Modernization of Forest Policy” initiative has a major deficiency due to the adopted process. There is a lack of clear, high-level statements from Government relative to an infrastructure framework that guides the process. Incorporating the recommendations presented in Forest renewal vision framework-action plan will go a long way in making a correction to reflect the demands of the 21st Century.
Congratulations to Minister Conroy and others involved in the transfer of the Canfor Forest License to Peak Fort Nelson Properties Ltd (https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021FLNRO0070-001629 ). The transfer includes a Peak “objective of each part of the total forest-stand profile will be used for its highest and best use.” This creates an opportunity to work with the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality and Fort Nelson First Nation to diversify the wood fibre economy contributing to resiliency of the communities. Now we need to create an investment climate that encourages investors to build facilities to utilize the quality wood in the region.
The importance of a forest inventory in moving toward community resiliency is discussed in Forest inventory-foundation for community resiliency It is in the best interests of BC forest dependent communities to insist upon having a robust and detailed forest inventory of Crown land to meet their resiliency needs. If communities are to move toward resiliency, they cannot afford to make decisions based on poor data and information.