The forest sector is complex. Not only is the forest sector interconnected, for every tree that is harvested, a portion of it is likely to contribute to lumber manufacturing, pulp and paper manufacturing and bioenergy products, but many rural communities throughout B.C.’s Interior have forestry business as a large employer. These employees and the companies themselves support the local tax base. Indigenous Nations have increased their participation in the forest sector over the last couple decades, and in some cases, forestry is a primary economic development avenue for Indigenous communities. Before pursuing any change, thoughtful consideration must first be given to the many people and parties that could be affected.

 

Project Scope/Overview

Using a discussion paper as the starting point for dialogue, the B.C. government asked British Columbians for their ideas on how to create or changecurrent policies (including legislation and regulation), programstoolsguidance and advance partnerships to support a vibrant, diverse forest sector for B.C.’s Interior.

Forest Policy Areas
Six policy areas were identified for the public to provide their feedback on. These included:

  • Forest Tenure and Fibre Supply
  • Manufacturing Capacity and Fibre Utilization
  • Climate Change and Forest Carbon
  • Wood Products Innovation
  • Reconciliation with Indigenous Communities
  • Fibre Sustainability of Timber and Non-timber Forest Values

Government Objectives
Ideas in other areas of forest policy were welcomed if they were able to demonstrate clear support and alignment to the four government objectives for this initiative:

  • A globally competitive forest sector
  • Resilient communities and workforce
  • Reconciliation with Indigenous Communities
  • Sustainable forest management