There are critics who maintain nothing has changed relative to forest practices since the NDP formed Government while at the same time industry and Government staff continue to mention they are overwhelmed by all the Ministry initiatives. An investigation identified Government has 10 major on-going forest related initiatives. These are identified in the attached file with associated actions taken or planned. Comments are provided regarding the process being used.
Western Forest Products and the Huu-ay-aht First Nations should be congratulated in coming to agreement on a new partnership in TFL 44 ( https://tinyurl.com/y9mtm582 ). It is not that other companies and First Nations have not developed agreements but this one has the First Nations buying interest (7%) in the TFL and having a say in how it will be managed, especially within their Territory. This partnership has the potential for working together on issues within the TFL that serve to benefit both parties.
The BCGEU Compliance and Enforcement comprehensive report on Government staffing related to natural resources provides a clear message of the need for more resources if public confidence in forest management is to be achieved as mentioned in https://www.bcforestconversation.com/building-confidence-forest-management-integrated-approach/
Three questions contribute to building trust in forest management:
- Is the public aware of proposed plans and activities?
- Are the public expectations being met through implementation of plans and activities?
- Is there adequate compliance and enforcement?
Building community and public confidence in forest manager decision-making would benefit from the nesting of instruments associated with answering each of these questions. Building Public Confidence-A nested approach is proposed using existing instruments.
Communities and concerned citizens are demanding more assurance BC forests are being managed for long-term sustainability and to meet community needs. Building Public confidence-Compliance and Enforcement is the third opinion paper posted directed at improving public consultation and engagement. Compliance and Enforcement is a critical aspect of building public trust in the management of BC forests.
Implementation of the 2005 Professional Reliance model has not generated the desired public confidence in BC forest management decision-making. Communities and concerned citizens are demanding more assurance BC forests are being managed for long-term sustainability and to meet community needs. Building public confidence-Professional Reliance is one of 3 opinion papers being posted that are directed at improving public consultation and engagement.
The lack of adequate community consultation in forest management decision-making is eroding public confidence. Communities and concerned citizens are demanding more opportunity for input and influence. Building Public confidence-Community consultation is one of 3 opinion papers being posted that are directed at improving public consultation and engagement.
The dissatisfaction with the current forest management decision-making system has been actively discussed for over two decades, commonly in the form of tenure reform and more local/community control. These are not of interest to the key governing bodies (Government & industry) and consequently, discounted. A Governance model-a conceptual framework is presented as a more acceptable option within the existing system.
Local Governments CAN influence forest land management decision-making through both their mandates and access to existing instruments as the “keeper of the social license.” A mechanism for meaningful engagement on a continuous basis within the community and with decision-makers is essential for sustainable influence.
Communities have asked for influence on the strategic management of local forests. A description of the background and methodology to capitalize on opportunities exists in Community influence-local forest decision-making info. Forest management certification is one of the tools that communities can use to influence the forest practices in their local forests. Much of BC has been certified by one or more of three certification systems. Communities are encouraged to learn about forest management certification and become involved in the process, which is briefly outlined in Forest management certification in BC.
Western Canada Sustainable Forestry Committee (SFI) was a contributing supporter to the forest management certification in BC graphics.
Bill Bourgeois opinion-As part of the public consultation on the BC Climate Leadership Plan, a Climate Leadership Plan-submission was provided that recommended climate change actions be integrated with forest activities and involve communities. Implementation of these recommendations could use the Regional District as the basis.