2008-12-04

Forest Practices Board Says Challenging Times Not Impacting Practices

The Forest Practices Board’s 2007/2008 annual report, detailing the board’s key findings during the past fiscal year, has been released. This is the first time it has been released as an electronic document with video of the Board Chair Bruce Fraser.

The report, provides a picture of the diversity of forest and range issues examined by the board last year.

Board Chair, Bruce Fraser says climate change is one of the main issues now dominating the forest sector in BC. “The most obvious example is the impact of the mountain pine beetle, and the rehabilitation effort in decimated forests. We are also hearing more concerns about water supply, impacts to wildlife habitat, wildfire risk and other climate change related effects. The Board is monitoring the efforts of government agencies to look at how to replant, what to replant and how to ensure resilience of our forests in the future.”