North Cowichan council suggests local control of forestry
North Cowichan wants the province to explore the feasibility of adopting a new model of regionally based forest management in B.C. At its meeting on June 19, council decided to send a letter to the Union of B.C. Municipalities asking for its consideration of taking up the issue with the province at its next meeting. Council will also ask in the letter for UBCM delegates to consider asking the province for the creation of a Forest Charter that includes an overall vision, sustainability principles, and standards and goals for the province’s forests; and have a Forester General appointed by the province to serve as a new independent officer who would work with the regions on local land-planning processes. Coun. Rosalie Sawrie said she’d be proud to support the motion to send the letter. “I think we’ve learned in this municipality just how passionate people are about forestry,” she said.