One major shortcomings in the BC forest management infrastructure is the lack of a legally binding vision and associated goals as discussed in SFM-what needs to be done to demonstrate status. It is encouraging the Chief Forester provided a vision statement in BC Timber Goals Objectives 2017 as a response to the Auditor General questioning the lack of timber objectives. It is also encouraging goals and objectives beyond timber are being developed. Previous Chief Foresters have developed vision statements. However, they have never influenced the operational or strategic decision-making. This is because they are intended as guidance and not binding on decision-makers. If the Minister is serious about improving long-term forest stewardship in BC with the benefit of building resilient rural communities, the vision and goal statements have to be legally binding on decision-makers.
Bill Bourgeois’ Response to Chief Forester wildfire salvage guidance document to be used by forest planners in developing salvage logging plans of 2017 wildfire areas. Sound rationale, supported by science, guidance is provided. It also contains valuable information for laypersons interested in the issue and topic. However, concerns are noted that could jeopardize achieving the Chief Forester objectives.
Restoring Forestry in BC-Comments by Bill Bourgeois on the recent CCPA report by Bob Williams that BC forest management is a failure https://tinyurl.com/y9jdfvq6 Bill strongly disagrees we have failed. He has problems accepting the proposed new model and responds to major issues outlined in the report and addresses how we can resolve those where agreement exists and others within the current model.
Many of the Forest Practices Board recommendations https://tinyurl.com/ycoz59cn are supportive of the HFHC recommendations as well.
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.
The video https://tinyurl.com/yb4lsmm3 is 15 minutes well spent if you are interested in the history of wildfires and what we need to do to prevent massive fires in the future. Thanks to BC Community Forests Association for the heads-up.
Expedite wildfire salvage while applying long-term forest stewardship practices is an opportunity. The debate presented in https://tinyurl.com/ybsp7jun should not delay harvesting. Foresters need to get on with collaborative planning to capitalize on the situation from the perspective of balancing short-term economics, long-term wildfire protection management and restoring/maintaining ecosystem integrity. Lets not miss the opportunity by focusing on debate and bureaucracy. Get on with it industry and government foresters! Politicians, enable this to happen but stay out of the technical exercise.
Government and industry are in discussions re: post wildfire season recovery actions https://tinyurl.com/y9owj89a COFI CEO says “discussions about changing forest-management practices are expected to continue beyond the current fire season.” Hopefully these are within the parameters of long-term forest stewardship and not focused on short-term economics. Government and industry need to provide assurances to the public such will be the case. We look forward to this commitment.