A discussion paper, Forest and Range Practices Act Improvement Initiative: Renewal and Resilience, and feedback form are available online: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/forestandrangepractices
Feedback can be provided until July 15, 2019.
The Forest and Range Practices Act governs on-the-ground forest and range activities on B.C.’s public forests and rangelands. Guiding principles for proposed changes include putting the resiliency of the land first, public trust, reconciliation with First Nations and scientific knowledge, as well as flexibility and adaptation.
Feedback from the engagement process will inform changes to the Forest and Range Practices Act and regulations that are planned over the next two years.
- The Forest and Range Practices Act and regulations first came into effect in 2004. Initial amendments to the act were introduced in spring 2019.
- There are 55 million hectares of public forest land in British Columbia, of which 22 million hectares are considered available for timber harvesting. Less than 1% is harvested each year.