Monthly Archives: March 2017

NDP forestry election plan

The NDP forestry plan was just announced.  It includes an emphasis on increasing value-added manufacturing which is consistent with the recommendation in the HFHC Update report.  However, the Plan is short on details and has the potential to be superficial just like the BC Liberals actions since 2013 on this topic.  The NDP needs to be pushed for details related to implementing … Continue reading

Posted March 28, 2017, by hfhc.

Banning log exports not a top priority

Bill Bourgeois Banning log exports opinion The topic of banning log exports is increasing in popularity again.  Even if more logs were available to the secondary wood manufactures (value-added producers) it would not necessarily result in an increase in their products.  Not all remanufacturers are limited by timber/fibre supply.  However, those who are need a long-term fibre supply at a competitive … Continue reading

Posted March 24, 2017, by hfhc.

Forests critical to BC economy

The forest sector is critical to the BC economy as outlined by Forest Innovation Investments The sector provides 36% of provincial exports, is the primary BC employer, supports 7,000 BC businesses and contributes $2.5B to governments. How can we maintain these contributions over the long-term without a vision, goals and action plan to maintain the forest asset to provide the … Continue reading

Posted March 16, 2017, by hfhc.

Political priority issues and actions

As a Provincial election is upcoming, it is important to identify to politicians the priority forest management issues and actions needed to move toward long-term forest stewardship and its contribution to community resiliency.  Five (5) recommended priority issues and associated actions are presented in Political priority issues based on input from several recent initiatives.

Posted March 10, 2017, by hfhc.

Student participation in forest education

The National Forest Week-BC has compiled data on the number of K-12 students experiencing the forest in 2016 Student participation 2016 final report. Over 37,000 students were involved but this is only 6% of the total student enrollment.  Lessons learned are included.

Posted March 8, 2017, by hfhc.

Update report-progress on dialogue recommendations

Bill Bourgeois provides his opinions in Long-term stewardship-summary report regarding the progress made in delivering on the recommendations arising out of the 2011-2013 HFHC dialogue.  Although there have been activities on 82% of the 22 selected recommendations, most of the action appear to be in response to political issues or of limited impact on moving toward the HFHC vision and goals … Continue reading

Posted March 1, 2017, by hfhc.