In spring 2019, our government announced a renewal of the province’s Interior forest sector, aimed at creating a competitive, sustainable future for forest companies, workers and communities.
Led by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, the purpose of this engagement is to gather feedback on what our future forest sector should look like, focusing on ways to maximize added-value production as part of wood fibre manufacturing.
This comes just months after a similar initiative for the Coast forest sector but the Interior sector faces its own unique challenges. After years of enhanced salvage harvest levels when the pine beetle epidemic was at its peak, the sector is now facing significantly reduced timber supply and record wildfire seasons, as well as lower prices for western spruce, fir and pine lumber.
Key areas of interest we would like to improve for long-term success of the Interior forest sector include the following four objectives:
- A globally competitive forest sector
- Resilient communities and workforce
- Reconciliation with Indigenous communities
- Sustainable forest management
Feedback will be accepted until October 11, 2019 at 4 pm.
A What We Heard report on feedback received through the Interior Forest Policy process is expected to be released in late fall 2019. The ideas received will be considered in light of the four government objectives shared; ideas that support one or more objective will inform options for policy reform recommended to government. Further policy direction based on the feedback is anticipated starting in spring 2020.