The Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA) governs the sustainable management of B.C.’s public forest and range resources. It covers planning and practices that protect environmental resources and public safety, as well as public oversight and administrative fairness for those who hold rights to forest and range resources.
Together, the Act and its regulations are the foundation for competitive forest and ranching industries, partnerships with Indigenous peoples, and stability for forestry and ranching-dependent communities.
We want to improve the legislation to ensure it will continue to sustainably manage our forests and rangelands. Guiding principles for proposed changes include putting the resiliency of the land first, public trusts, reconciliation with Indigenous Nations, scientific knowledge as well as flexibility.
Forest and range industry, communities and organizations were encouraged to provide written comments through stakeholder submissions or fill out an online feedback form. Consultation was based on this discussion paper, which outlines five improvement themes to help inform legislative changes:
- Climate change and resilient landscapes
- Landscape-level planning
- Public trust
- Resource values and objectives
- Oversight and accountability
Date: May 27 to July 15, 2019
- 2398 online submissions
- 54 Stakeholder Submissions
Input leads to action:
Feedback from the engagement process will inform changes to the Forest and Range Practices Act and regulations that are planned over the next two years. A What We Heard Report will summarize comments received and be publicly available in fall 2019.