Area-Based Forest Management Consultation Underway

What are your thoughts on expanding the amount of area-based forest tenures in BC?  And how do you feel about possibly converting some volume-based tenures to area-based tenures?  These are questions being posed by the Province as part of a public discussion being led by former Chief Forester Jim Snetsinger.

In August 2012, an all party Special Committee on Timber Supply presented its report Growing Fibre, Growing Value which included a number of recommendations to address the loss of mid-term timber supply in the central Interior.  One of the recommendations coming forward was to pursue the concept of converting some existing volume-based tenures to area-based tenures.  Woodlot licenses, community forest agreements and tree farm licenses are examples of existing area-based tenures provided for under the Forest Act

The scope of the discussion by Snetsinger will focus on:

  • social, economic and environmental benefits that should be sought from proponents through conversions; and
  • criteria for evaluating applications and the process for implementing conversions, including specific application requirements and target locations for conversion opportunities.
Feedback can be provided through the website, by email, or by registering  to meet with Jim Snetsinger at one of the following locations: Vancouver, Nanaimo, Kamloops, Prince George, Quesnel, Williams Lake, Burns Lake, Smithers, Dawson Creek or Cranbrook.  Go to the website for dates, locations and registration information.

The public consultation deadline is May 30, 2014.

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