Currently, BC forest managers are penalized if residual biomass after forest harvesting exceeds a given threshold. As noted in the proposed CFS study https://tinyurl.com/s6wy3y7 emergence of a bio-products industry has the potential to totally reverse this situation and force managers to leave enough to maintain ecosystem services. This would be a major change in BC forest management and public responses. The retention of biomass is not new. Foresters have learned from the European experiences that, if all the biomass is removed, soil productivity can decrease significantly. Also, BC studies in the 1990s identified the need for a given level of biomass. However, the results were not applied in policy. Even though this issue is not new, the CFS should be congratulated for initiating the study within the 2020 environment. Maintaining ecosystem productivity is critical to long-term forest stewardship and subsequently a significant contribution community resiliency.
The “perfect storm” in the forest sector is creating uncertainty and stress within the industry, communities and investors. Government needs to take action to reduce this and provide leadership in moving toward community resiliency. Bill Bourgeois provides an opinion on how this can be done through improving the forest sector regulatory infrastructure in Addressing uncertainty and stress
Chief Forester Diane Nicholls talked about adaptation in forestry to CIF-Vancouver Section members and students on March 19th. A key point was “there is no one size fits all in managing BC forests under the expected climate, social and economic projections.” Foresters need to assess the conditions and projections on each site and landscape when making forest management decisions. This is a marked change from the traditional Government desire to have policies and regulations that trend toward standardization. A breath of fresh air. She will need support and good luck in moving this forward. Foresters and concerned citizens need to show her their support.
The recently released Government’s Action Plan: Responding to wildfire and flood risks https://tinyurl.com/ycukqovc focuses on reducing impacts and mitigation of expected future wildfires and floods and recovery from the recent events. Although these are welcomed community assistance actions, it does not take action to strategically reduce the extent of the wildfires and floods across landscapes other than in areas immediately around communities. Bill Bourgeois comments on what is wrong with this scenario and what is needed in Wildfire adaptation-Government short sighted.
Bill Bourgeois outlines the background and action needed Integrated Forest Management Adaptation Plan.
BC IS BURNING AGAIN! It is time to act on treating BC forests so that they can adapt to the increased frequency and magnitude of wildfires caused by climate change. Numerous studies and recommendations have been provided over the last 15 years. There is general consensus among wildfire experts regarding what actions are required. Communities, First Nations and forest resource managers are calling for action. In cases where adaptation is needed regarding catastrophic events, Governments tend to not follow through on implementation. The BC Government needs to deviate from the norm and take a leadership role on this issue. It must go beyond more discussions and creation of pilots and advisory bodies. The wildfire adaptation issue can be a stimulus in moving toward community resiliency and economic development. We have the technology, we have the knowledge on how to move forward in this regard and we have the willingness of the forest affected Partners. Premier Horgan and Minister Donaldson, BC needs adequate resourcing and real, on-the-ground action! Show us the leadership.
BC Government track record in dealing with catastrophic events is consistent with those of other world jurisdictions but short-term focused. BC commitments to developing and supporting adaptation strategies are outlined in Wildfire adaptive management actions This information is relevant to 2017 wildfire season reviews being conducted. Will Government listen?
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.
A graphic description of the forest-management-process is presented to provide basic information for those wanting to learn about the management of BC Forests
Success story video http://interfor.com/responsibility/community (Building value for communities video) – Homalco First Nation is working with forest companies and a wilderness resort to integrate forest management with tourism businesses.
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/