2012-03-21

The plight of BC forests

Several weeks ago, Wendy Fraser wrote a strong editorial deploring the mismanagement of forests by the Liberal government. Let me add a few observations to her statement.

This year the forest ministry is celebrating its hundredth anniversary of service. The Forest Act of 1912 was created in order to enshrine legislation against “destructive lumbering.”

Since 1978, the Forest Service’s mission statement stressed integrated management of forest values: “To manage, conserve their sustainable use for the economic, cultural, physical and spiritual well-being of British Columbians, who hold those same resources in trust for future generations. In respecting and caring for public forest and range lands, the ministry is guided by the ethics of stewardship and public service.”