The management of old-growth forests has been a contentious issue in this province for decades. Satisfying the public’s interest in deriving economic benefits and employment from our forests – while also maintaining ecological and cultural values – has been challenging.

The government intends to provide more clarity about old-growth management and about balancing economic, conservation and cultural values.

Old-growth forests and large, majestic trees are important to B.C.s’ economy and natural heritage. The independent, two-person panel (Garry Merkel and Al Gorley) engaged with First Nations, industry, stakeholders and communities to explore different perspectives on old-growth management to ensure that the interests of all British Columbians are taken into account.

The broader conversation about the future of old-growth management is about developing an updated approach to old-growth management in this province, so today’s families and future generations can benefit from the wide range of benefits that old-growth trees provide.