Background Briefs

With a view to providing the most up-to-date knowledge on the state of British Columbia’s natural resources, BC leaders have prepared assessments of the forest’s ability to achieve a desired future forest lands vision.  The Background Briefs are intended to provide concerned citizens with expert information and opinion to inform the community dialogue and debate. The Briefs are presented in six categories.

  1. Positioning BC
  2. Resource Inventories
  3. Resource Management
  4. Forest Lands Research
  5. Community Diversification and Sustainability
  6. Governance

Key challenges identified through the Briefs are discussed in a seventh category.

1 – Positioning BC
Extensive communications over the years have been delivered by Government, industry, professional associations, etc regarding BC’s forests being managed sustainably. Two leading academics in this field have raised questions and challenges regarding support for these statements. These Briefs are intended to provide the foundation for evaluating our current status and what is needed to guide forest management into the future.

1.1 If British Columbia Managed Its Forests Sustainably (John Innes)
Abstract Full Article –> If British Columbia Managed Its Forests Sustainably

1.2 Why We Need a New Vision for BC’s Forests (Steve Mitchell)
Abstract Full Article –> Why We Need a New Vision for BC’s Forests



2 – Resource Inventories
Information on the status of forest lands resources is critical for management decision-making. “How can a professional manage a resource without knowing its status?” Background Briefs on the methodologies used in BC for a range of resources, the status of the inventories and the challenges going forward to achieve the forest lands vision are commented upon by leaders from the resource management fields. These Briefs are intended to provide base information for interested parties participating in the dialogue and debate.

2.1 The Current State of Habitat Inventory in British Columbia (Dennis Demarchi)
Abstract Full Article –> The Current State of Habitat Inventory in British Columbia

2.2 The State of Ecosystem Inventories and Data Management(Andy MacKinnon)
Abstract Full Article –> The State of Ecosystem Inventories and Data Management

2.3 Forest Inventory Issues in British Columbia (Kim Iles)
Abstract Full Article –> Forest Inventory Issues in British Columbia

2.4 State of Non-timber Resource Inventories (Wendy Cocksedge & Brian Belcher)
Abstract Full Article –> State of Non-timber Resource Inventories

2.5 The Issue with Inventory (Shawn Meisner)
Abstract Full Article –> The Issue With Resource Inventories

2.6 Forest, Stand and Tree Growth and Yield in British Columbia (Ian Moss)
Abstract Full Article –> Forest, Stand and Tree Growth and Yield in British Columbia

2.7 Estimating the Status of Biodiversity (Fred Bunnell)
Abstract Full Article –> Estimating the Status of Biodiversity



3 – Resources Management
The state and challenges of managing a range of resources is presented by leaders in each of the fields. This is not an exclusive list, but intended to provide expert opinion on what is needed to move towards the draft vision for BC forest lands.

3.1 Forest Recreation in BC(Harry Drage)
Abstract Full Article –> Forest Recreation In British Columbia

3.2 BC’s Biodiversity – On the Edge (Bob Peart)
Abstract Full Article –> BC’s Biodiversity – On the Edge

3.3 Water: A Clear Solution(Steve Chatwin)
Abstract Full Article –> Water: A Clear Solution

3.4 Challenges of Balancing Forest Harvesting Economics with Forest Conservation and Management (Bob Craven)
Abstract Full Article –> Challenges of Balancing Forest Harvesting Economics with Forest Conservation and Management

3.5 Managing Non-timber Resources to Meet Multiple Goals: Current Status(Tim Brigham & Brian Belcher)
Abstract Full Article –> Managing Non-timber Resources to Meet Multiple Goals: Current Status

3.6 Wildfires in British Columbia’s Future (Bob Gray)
Abstract Full Article –> Wildfires in British Columbia’s Future

3.7 Silviculture – The Dilemma(Jeff McWilliams & Jim McWilliams)
Abstract Full Article –> Silviculture – The Dilemma

3.8 British Columbia Forests and Climate Change – What Can We Do?(Greg Utzig, Ken Zielke & Bryce Bancroft)
Abstract Full Article –> British Columbia Forests and Climate Change – What Can We Do?

3.9 Forest Land Management and Biodiversity (Fred Bunnell)
Abstract Full Article –> Forest Land Management and Biodiversity



4 – Forest Lands Research
Forest lands research is critical to identify and fill knowledge gaps required to adjust to external influences such as climate change and achieve the forest lands vision for BC. Three eminent BC researchers have outlined their views on the current state of research in BC and the challenges ahead. This Brief is intended to inform non-scientific parties of the state and importance of forest lands research in meeting the needs of communities and families.

4.1 Research on Forests and Forest Management(Alan Vyse, Barbara Hawkins & Cindy Prescott) Abstract Full Article –> Research on Forests and Forest Management



5 – Community Diversification and Sustainability
Moving towards community diversification and sustainability has many components. A number of BC leaders, in related fields, have presented their views on the status and challenges of some of the components associated with BC forest lands.

5.1 Sustainability and the Health of Forest-dependent Communities(Rob Kozak & Greg Holseth)
Abstract Full Article –> Sustainability and the Health of Forest-dependent Communities

5.2 Importance of Sustainable Resources Conservation and Management to Aboriginal Communities (Keith Atkinson)
Abstract Full Article –> Importance of Sustainable Resources Conservation and Management to Aboriginal Communities

5.3 How Well do Strategic and Operational Plans Balance Human Wellbeing and Ecological Integrity?(Jon O’Riordon)
Abstract Full Article –> How Well do Strategic and Operational Plans Balance Human Wellbeing and Ecological Integrity?

5.4 Wildfires – The Problems and the Solutions (Bruce Blackwell)
Abstract Full Article –> Wildfires – The Problems and the Solutions

5.5 Benefits and Values BC Residents Expect from Forests(Fred Bunnell)
Abstract Full Article –> Benefits and Values BC Residents Expect from Forests

5.6 Status of LRMP and RLUP Implementation to Meet the Forest Lands Vision (Howie Harshaw, Ray Pillman & Stuart Aird)
Abstract Full Article –> Status of LRMP and RLUP Implementation to Meet the Forest Lands Vision

5.7 How Our Forests Support Our Province (Emily Jane Davis)
Abstract Full Article –> How Our Forests Support Our Province



6 – Governance
Achievement of the forest lands vision requires complementary legislation, regulations and policies. An environmental lawyer provides his views on what is needed to move towards the forest lands vision. Also, three experienced professionals outline mechanisms to guide in decision-making and the management of forest lands.

6.1 A Forest Lands Vision and Current Regulatory Structures (Andrew Gage)
Abstract Full Article –> A Forest Lands Vision and Current Regulatory Structures

6.2 A Forest Management Charter for BC(Ken Zielke, Bryce Bancroft & Gordon Weetman)
Abstract Full Article –> A Forest Management Charter for British Columbia