BC Election 2017: Forestry

Watershed Sentinel Editorial Staff

BC Election 2017: Our comparison of the party platforms on forestry

Liberals

  • Stand up for B.C. as Canada negotiates a new Softwood Lumber Agreement with the US
  • Continue annual trade missions to Asia to expand markets
  • Provide $9 million to implement the Forest Carbon Initiative
  • Commit an additional $5 million annually to grow additional markets in China and India through Forest Innovation Investment, starting in 2018
  • Promote more new tall wood building construction
  • Support non-traditional uses of wood and wood-fibre
  • Increase wood fibre utilization in B.C.’s interior by one million cubic metres
  • Increasing “the number of seedlings planted under the Forests for Tomorrow Program to $28 million per year by 2020.”

NDP

  • Construct all types of housing from innovative BC manufactured wood products
  • Specialized innovation centres in the interior and northern BC for mining, agriculture and forestry
  • Investing in reforestation (climate)
  • In partnership with First Nations and communities, modernize land-use planning for forests and old growth, with an evidence-based scientific approach and the ecosystem-based management of the Great Bear Rainforest as a model
  • Expand wood manufacturing capacity and create new jobs
  • Keep more logs in BC for processing to give BC mills of all sizes access to the logs they need
  • Fight hard for a fair deal for BC in softwood lumber negotiations with the US

Green

  • Enact a modern, evidence-based, multi-objective BC Forest and Range Ecology Act to implement global best practices in forestry, and be focused on restoring wildlife habitat, improving forest productivity, reforestation, and addressing priority forest health issues. Among other things, it will address First Nations rights, resilience planning and cumulative effects. The legislation will also balance stakeholder interests in the management of rangelands
  • Develop a BC Old-Growth Forest Inventory that will determine reserves and protect BC’s old-growth forests
  • Improve the sustainable logging of second-growth forests, which now constitute the majority of forest lands in southern BC
  • Utilize new technologies and the latest science and apply the precautionary principle to timber supply reviews to direct sustainable resource management
  • Develop a comprehensive and updated forest inventory
  • Place further restrictions on the export of raw logs, while recognizing that raw log exports are a symptom of a struggling value-added forest industry
  • Remove the PST from purchases of machinery and equipment for modernization, upgrading and new investment in sawmills and other value added wood processing
  • Establish a Forest Opportunities Panel mandated to identify opportunities for promoting innovation, value added production, independent regional operations and Indigenous enterprises
  • Invest in a more extensive forest research network to encourage innovation regarding non-traditional uses of wood and the use wood fibre to develop new grades of material for a wide range of products; and to promote advanced wood technologies and building systems
  • Institute policies to ensure that forest waste is used productively
  • Promote BC forest products in international markets and support the identification of new markets.
  • Modernize forest tenures with a view to promoting innovation, value added, independent regional operations and Indigenous enterprises
  • Engage in meaningful consultation and engagement that respects Indigenous resource rights and title, and collaborate with First Nations to build economic, environmental and social opportunities and commercial partnerships in the forest sector; and support more community forests
  • Support small, rural resource-dependent communities, by building skills and capacity for a future forest industry, promoting investment in economic diversification in rural communities
  • From Climate Action: Implement a forest carbon strategy to take full advantage of the opportunities created by forest sinks

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