First Nations, environmentalists, mill workers push province to overhaul forestry rules

The province is taking the next step in overhauling an act that manages B.C.’s trees, wildlife, helps slow climate change, and supports reconciliation with First Nations.

Perhaps you’ve never heard of the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA) but stakeholders hope it will be updated in a way that will not only make forestry more sustainable in B.C. but maintain and even increase industry jobs in the province.

The act oversees how all resource-based activities, such as forestry, are conducted on public land in B.C., and protects everything in and on those lands, such as plants, animals and ecosystems.

The B.C. NDP campaigned on reforming the forestry sector in 2017 by consulting more with First Nations and managing the province’s wild spaces so that ecosystems are preserved while maintaining logging jobs in the province.

 

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IMAGE: A section of logged forest on Vancouver Island near Port Renfrew, B.C. (Chris Corday/CBC)