Old Growth Strategic Review

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What is this engagement about?

On July 17, 2019, the Government of British Columbia announced that a two-person panel had been appointed to lead an Old Growth Strategic Review and provide a report to the Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.

Garry Merkel, a professional forester, natural resource expert, and member of the Tahltan Nation, and Al Gorley, a professional forester and former chair of the Forest Practices Board, will engage the public to hear perspectives on the ecological, economic and cultural importance of old-growth trees and forests. They will report back to government in spring 2020 with recommendations that are expected to inform a new approach to old-growth management for British Columbia.

Part of this review will include an opportunity for the public, organizations and professionals to share their thoughts on old-growth in B.C. The ways to participate are:

  1. Complete the online questionnaire.
  2. Organizations and professionals and other interested parties may submit a written submission. Read the Guidelines for Written Submissions.
  3. Send an email to oldgrowthbc@gov.bc.ca

Feedback regarding the proposed changes will be accepted until 4 pm on January 31, 2020.

How can my contribution make a difference?

The feedback received will be considered within the new approach to old-growth management for British Columbia. Following the public engagement period, a What We Heard Report will be released, summarizing the overall response.

Details of the Engagement:

Date: October 23, 2019 to January 31, 2020

Status: Open

Location: Province-wide

Category: Environmental Protection

Types: Online, Email


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