CFA Wildfire Workshop 2019 Presentation – Rodger Stewart

Conclusion: Forest Management for Resistance and Resilience
Rodger Stewart – Director of Resource Management, Cariboo Region

ABSTRACT: What might we accomplish by recovering the proper ecological structure and function of our
ecosystems? Facing our stewardship responsibilities as tenure holders, we are in a situation where the
ecosystems we work with are unstable, unable to withstand the influences of natural disturbances such as
wildfire and insect infestation. The situation is exacerbated by what we have (and have not) done to these
ecosystems, combined with the influence of climate change dynamics.
We might all agree that the current state of our ecosystems creates challenges for management of our
area‐based tenures. Ecosystem conditions are such that forests in some areas are not properly capable
relative to land management intent. Those ecosystems conditions pose threat to the security and stability
of our communities. What is it that we can do to “turn the dial” across our tenures, for our natural
resources and most of all, for our communities?
Under the circumstances we face today, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the responsibilities of
managing area‐based tenures, finding an appropriate and workable balance of management outcomes in
response to various interests. All the time, trying to balance the financial end of things. As a tenure holder,
you are not alone in bearing that burden.
Having considered the presentations and discussions of the past 2 days, let us consider building up an
ecosystem resilience agenda across our tenures. Let us review the multiple, beneficial outcomes we will be
able to deliver for our communities.