Press – Peter Ewart posted an article in 250 News that should make all British Columbians think about our forests and their value to us. The article can be accessed at http://www.250news.com/2016/03/16/can-we-afford-to-be-fickle-about-our-forests/
The Provincial budget for 2016-17 announced several key increases in the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations budget. These are summarized in the 2016 MFLNRO BUDGET ITEMS
September 2015 – UBC is launching a Bachelor degree of urban forestry. Urban forestry is becoming a major topic related to mitigating climate change impacts and generating personal health benefits.
A grassroots groundswell of support – our initiative gets some good press in the Sicamous Eagle Valley News after the Shuswap Community Dialogue Session. Click here for the full article.
Our initiative responds to Robert Gray’s OpEd piece with a Letter to Editor.
Re: New solutions needed for wildfire woes, Aug. 16
The communities of Kimberly and Cranbrook, with their partners, should be congratulated in coming up with an innovative approach to move towards independence of Provincial Government funding to address their major issue regarding interface area wildfire management. The Government has offloaded the cost and risk of this management to communities. It is only reasonable they encourage and support this type of innovation.
The request by the partnership to modify slightly the boundaries of Crown land adjacent to the two communities is an example of the innovative thinking identified as a challenge arising from the views of BC leaders in forest management (https://www.bcforestconversation.com). With the significant reduction in funding for forest management across the province over the last few years, it is critical to find ways to maintain the forest asset and protect communities through innovative solutions. Government should move immediately to accept the request and make the necessary Crown land map changes. Innovation is critical and flexibility by Government is the least they can do to help communities.
The Vancouver Sun has published an OpEd piece by Robert Gray regarding the administrative and fiscal challenges facing communities attempting to deal with wildfire woes. The full article can be found here.
The Williams Lake Tribune publishes a Letter to the Editor drafted by our lead Coordinator, Bill Bourgeois (RPF) outlining the need for a new vision for local forests. The full article can be found here.
The Williams Lake Tribune covers the latest developments from our initiative in its articlePublic input discussed for forestry management.
More press for our initiative in the Boundary Creek Times outlining some of the challenges facing forestry in the Kootenay-Boundary Region.