Sustainable Forest Stewardship

Government has embarked on the Revitalization/Renewal of the BC forest sector currently being referred to as Modernizing Forest Sector Policy. However, it lacks a clear vision and integrated framework structure essential to be innovative in revitalizing the forest sector and moving toward a 21st Century Forest Sector. Without a sustainable long-term forest stewardship foundation, the social/cultural, environmental, and economic opportunities from the BC Forest Asset in forest-dependent communities will be lost.

HFHC provides a rationale, opinions, and implementation suggestions for a Provincial Forest Renewal Vision Framework in The vision will achieve the Government’s four (4) priority forest renewal goals through an infrastructure and necessary strategic regulation and policy actions to move to long-term forest stewardship. It builds on the strengths of the current forest sector and forest resources management, focuses on the areas needing action to revitalize and move toward a 21st Century Forest Sector without totally restructuring. Seven (7) infrastructure recommendations and twelve (12) priority strategic regulation and policy suggestions are provided. The framework vision is intended to both update the current system and more effectively maintain and capitalize on the BC Forest Asset as a foundation for achieving community resiliency.

Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) definition: SFM is the stewardship and use of forests and forest lands in a way, and at a rate, that maintains their biological diversity, productivity, regeneration capacity, vitality and their potential to fulfill, now and in the future, relevant ecological economic and social functions, at local, national and global levels, and that does not cause damage on other ecosystems. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (Canadian Institute of Forestry’s The Forestry Chronicle Vol 70 (6): 666-674).