The Island Community has justifiable concerns regarding the sustainability
of the current system, related to forest management, harvesting practices
and the tenure system.
There is conflicting information about the forests and other matters that warrant public investigation. ICSI believes that a community resource board needs better information to make the right decisions.
Many sources have questioned the reliability of current inventories and the assumptions, calculations and procedures used to determine the Annual Allowable Cut.
Public access to information is not consistent, and the transferability of data is extremely difficult, making informed analysis and discussion by all interests nearly impossible.
In order to produce informed solutions, all parties need to have a common level of confidence in forest inventories (including timber and other forest values), management processes and the ability of the forest to sustain all values.
We support the call by the Haida Nation for a Commission of Inquiry into
the state of the forest. The Commission should begin in the Spring of 1996
and be completed within 12 months.
The Commission would determine what is the exact and understandable status of the forest land base on the Islands, and provide the ability for informed decision-making.
The Commission would have judicial powers to ensure that all relevant information and participants contribute to the review.