BC Government Proposes Amendments to Better Protect Communities and Forests

On Monday, the British Columbia Provincial Government announced plans for policy changes to enable safer, more efficient stewardship of the landscape, including forests, and the revitalization of cultural and prescribed fire and new compliance and enforcement measures.

If passed, amendments to the Forest and Range Practices Act, the Forest Act, and the Wildfire Act will help address public and First Nations’ interests in how forests are managed, giving government new tools to manage Crown land timber harvesting. These changes support actions underway to better care for forests in the face of climate change and extreme weather events.

The changes are the BC government’s next step in acting on commitments outlined in the 2021 Modernizing Forest Policy in British Columbia intentions paper, aimed at creating a sustainable, resilient forest ecosystem and supporting a strong and diversified forestry sector.

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