May 4th, 2020

The Old Growth Strategic Review Panel would again like to thank the many people who took the time to meet with us or provided input through the engagement website.

From October 2019 to February 2020, we held over 200 meetings in 36 communities with close to 800 participants. We received over 300 written submissions and had more than 18,000 online surveys completed.

It again bears noting that this review was not consultation, rather it was about us developing a thorough understanding of challenges and opportunities from as many viewpoints as possible in relation to the current and future management of old growth.  This depth and breadth of understanding was invaluable as we developed our recommendations.

Our submission to the Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, The Honourable Doug Donaldson, contained 3 parts.

  1. Our summary of what we heard (more than 200 pages). This summary and includes a summary of the more than 18,000 online surveys and is cross-linked back to the more than 300 written submissions which are also posted on the website.
  2. Our findings and recommendations (a little less than 100 pages).
  3. A summary of our findings and recommendations (about 30 pages).

As outlined in our Terms of Reference, Minister Donaldson has committed to making our report and recommendations public within 6 months.  We have relayed to the Minister the urgency we heard from you regarding the importance and prompt release of this report.

Your formal written submissions provided to us are available on the Old Growth website.

This will be our last update, but please continue to follow the Old Growth Strategic Review website for updates and progress from the Ministry.

Sincerely

Al Gorley and Garry Merkel

 

February 6, 2020

The Old Growth Strategic Review Panel would like to thank the many people who took the time to meet with us or provided input through the engagement website.

Since October 2019, we participated in over 200 meetings in 36 communities with close to 700 participants. We received over 350 written submissions, thousands of emails, and had more than 18,000 online surveys completed. The next step is to use this information to help inform the development of our recommendations to government.

It is important to note that this review was not consultation, rather it was about us developing a thorough understanding of challenges and opportunities from as many interests as possible.

We will be delivering our recommendations along with a report of “what we heard’ to government by April 30th, 2020.  We intend to make written submissions available as well.

Government has committed to making our recommendations public within 6 months of receiving them.

Sincerely

Al Gorley and Garry Merkel

 

December 2, 2019

The Old Growth Strategic Review Panel would like to reiterate a thank you to the many people who have taken the time to meet with us so far, and all those who have provided input through the engagement website.

We are continuing to meet with individuals, organizations and governments with a wide range of interests in old-growth forests. This includes meetings in the Northeast and the Sunshine Coast this week.  It is important to note that this review is not consultation, rather its about us developing an thorough understanding of challenges and opportunities from as many interests as possible.

We recognize that the large number of individuals and groups that have requested to meet in person or via video/phone call far outweighs our available time.  At this point, the panel’s meeting schedule is close to fully committed, and we encourage those who we may not have an opportunity to meet directly with, to contribute by taking the survey, providing a formal written submission, or emailing any other relevant information to oldgrowth@gov.bc.ca.

To date, we have held over 125 meetings in 15 communities with well over 300 participants. In addition, we have participated in a number of teleconferences with interested groups and individuals.

Additional dates have been added for January in the Kootenays, Central Vancouver Island, and Haida Gwaii.

We continue to hear consistent themes about:

  • The uniqueness of the forests and circumstances in each region of B.C.
  • How people perceive the different values and benefits of old-growth forests
  • What’s working and what’s not with present management approaches and policy
  • What people believe could be done better

As of recently, almost 4,000 people have provided input through the online survey and we continue to receive numerous written submissions. The public engagement website is nearing 10,000 visits.

Al Gorley and Garry Merkel

 

November 7, 2019

 The Old Growth Strategic Review Panel would like to thank the many people who have taken the time to meet with us so far, and all those who have provided input through the engagement website.

We are continuing to meet with individuals, organizations and governments with a wide range of interests in old-growth forests. This includes meetings on Northern Vancouver Island later this week. We are scheduled to continue travelling the province over the next three months.

So far, we have held 50 meetings in 12 communities with approximately 250 participants. In addition, we have participated in a number of teleconferences with interested groups and individuals.

We have been hearing about:

  • The uniqueness of the forests and circumstances in each region of B.C.
  • How people perceive the different values and benefits of old-growth forests
  • What’s working and what’s not with present management approaches and policy
  • What people believe could be done better

As of yesterday, 1,053 people have provided input through the online survey and we have received 100 written submissions. The public engagement website has had 3,476 visitors.

Al Gorley and Garry Merkel