The Forest Practices Code legislation was implemented in 1995. Its vision
is to provide "sustainable use of the forests we hold in trust for
Its Sustainable Principles include: managing our forests to meet present needs without compromising the needs of future generations.
- providing stewardship of forests based on an ethic of respect for the land.
- balancing productive, spiritual, ecological and recreational values of forests to meet the economic and cultural needs of peoples and communities.
- conserving biological diversity, soil, water, wildlife, scenic diversity and other forest resources.
- restoring damaged ecosystems.
The reduction to harvest rates estimated by different parties range from
minimal to 25 percent. The recent figure released by the Forest Minister
was between six and eight percent across the province. Industry estimates
that coastal operations could face a 12 percent reduction.
The Forest Practices Code is in its infancy and its applications have yet to be proven. The Code is held up by industry and government in the global marketplace as proof of improvement to forest management in BC.
We support the District Manager's request to the BC Forest Practices Board for an independent review of forestry practices for compliance with the Forest Practices Code.