Islands Community Stability Initiative

THE ICSI CONSENSUS


5 FOREST PRACTICES CODE

5.1 BACKGROUND

The Forest Practices Code legislation was implemented in 1995. Its vision is to provide "sustainable use of the forests we hold in trust for future generations."
Its Sustainable Principles include: managing our forests to meet present needs without compromising the needs of future generations.

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.

5.2 ICSI CONSENSUS

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.