Monthly Archives: March 2013

BC’s Forest Inventory: Why it matters and what needs to be done about it

BC’s Forest Inventory: Why it matters and what needs to be done about it Ian Moss BC’s Forest Inventory: Why it matters and what needs to be done about it. Forest inventories are an investment to support current and future forest resources opportunities. It is the primary source of information for determining acceptable annual harvest levels while at the same … Continue reading

Posted March 30, 2013, by hfhc.


UNBC Public Forum Notice of Event and Invitation

UNBC Public Forum Notice of Event and Invitation – sponsored by Healthy Forests Healthy Communities Local political representatives will be in attendance, including those from BC Conservatives, BC Liberals and BC NDP.

Posted March 27, 2013, by hfhc.


BC celebrates Day of Forests with seven billionth tree

BC celebrates Day of Forests with seven billionth tree Brennan Clarke

Posted March 21, 2013, by hfhc.


The need for a BC forest vision

The need for a BC forest vision Bill Bourgeios Excerpt: Many citizens who follow forestry in BC are concerned the current management of our forests will not deliver the societal expectations over the long‐term. However, no formal statement such as a BC forests vision and goals or a transparent and trusted monitoring and assessment system exist to provide a measure … Continue reading

Posted March 20, 2013, by hfhc.


Municipal forest rebranding underway

Municipal forest rebranding underway Carol Aun, Mission City Record

Posted March 14, 2013, by hfhc.


Western Wildlife Conference: April 10-13

Join us in Kelowna B.C. for the Western Wildlife Conference – “Wildfire: Managing the unavoidable; avoiding the unmanageable”.  More info here!

Posted March 7, 2013, by hfhc.


Town Hall Forum on Forest Management

Town Hall Forum on Forest Management for out Candidates in the May 2013 Provincial Election sisco – Southern Interior Silviculture Committee

Posted March 6, 2013, by hfhc.


BC Green Party Endorsement

In Kamloops on March 6th, BC Green Party candidate, Chris George, has reviewed and endorsed all 13 recommendations made by HFHC.  Visit Green party website here!

Posted , by hfhc.


A Sustainable Forest Management Framework for BC Crown Forests

A Sustainable Forest Management Framework for BC Crown Forests Healthy Forests Healthy Communities The implementation of SFM requires there be an actual plan of management. Such a plan gives purpose,  meaning and direction to all the actions of forest protection, harvesting and renewal across the  landscape. The overall objective is to first identify a future forest condition with all the features the  public wishes to see in their public forests 50 to 100 years from now. Today’s management to achieve  the desired future forest, requires the features be quantified, as best as we are able, based on our  current scientific understanding of forest dynamics and visual quality values, fish and wildlife habitat,  watershed dynamics and biodiversity values at the tree, stand and landscape levels. The future forest is  not just a wooly concept but a real, bounded, area‐based forest condition at the scale of 100,000 to  200,000 hectares or 250 to 500 times the size of Stanley Park. We have known how to do this for over  20 years. To reach this future condition, today’s forest inventory needs to be grown into the future by computer modeling. BC has pioneered this work. We know how to do it and we can develop various scenarios of  different planned actions in time and space that will produce different outcomes based on meeting  public, Government and industry expectations. The desired outcomes must be chosen in consultation  with the public, First Nations and the tenure holders. It’s a social decision. This process of analysis and  consultation requires a wide range of specialist expertise that must cooperate. This process reduces  barriers between bureaucratic silos and helps the public, stakeholders and First Nations understand what is proposed and done.  Accountability lies in monitoring not just “forest practices” but real coordinated progress towards the  future forest. We monitor to learn from successes and errors by adaptive management. The chosen set  of actions form the basis for today’s short term operating plans and have built within them a certain  harvest … Continue reading

Posted March 1, 2013, by hfhc.