2010-12-27

Who's looking after BC's forests?

After the massive reorganization of the natural resources ministries this fall, taxpayers may wonder who is looking after BC's forests. People have expressed concern that because government has reorganized itself with respect to BC resources, our forests are now worse off.

While it's good to ask ourselves if these organizational changes will help with natural resources management in BC, it is important not to lose sight of the reality on the ground and the role that forest professionals play. Some of the issues that forest professionals are currently dealing with include:

5.7 million hectares (twice the size of Vancouver Island) of forested land was consumed by mountain pine beetle at its peak in 2007. Silviculture policies need to be in place to ensure these trees are replaced.