Amendments to the Forest Act will enhance public trust and ensure public forests are managed in the best interests of British Columbians.
“We want all British Columbians to benefit from the forest industry, including companies, large and small, First Nations, workers and communities,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “These amendments will help support a vibrant and diverse forest sector by preventing further concentration of harvesting rights.”
With the changes, forest companies will now need approval from the minister before they dispose of or transfer a tenure agreement to another party. As a result, the minister will be able to refuse to approve the new arrangement if it is not in the public interest or put conditions on the approval.