In review of the Committee report, Growing Fibre – Growing Value, the following key comments are
provided for consideration by interested parties.
- There are no surprises regarding the issues identified through the consultation process as they
are consistent with those heard during the 2011 HFHC Community Dialogue Sessions and those
from forest management experts.
- The recommendations are:
- Helpful in raising the profile of forest management
- Not outlandish but do not push the envelope
- Nothing new as they were generally known within Government or the bureaucracy for
- Unfortunately focused on short-term economic actions and include only a minor
amount of long-term sustainability needs
- Report is disappointing as the Committee chose to only comment on the issues specific to their
narrow Terms of Reference while ignoring other key issues related to the overall management
of BC’s forests (e.g., need for an updated SFM framework, need for a comprehensive community
diversification action plan, need for enhanced forest research, environmental protection and
forest health, need for actions regarding reduction of the NSR lands). The Committee had the
opportunity to use the initiative to bring leadership to the issue of BC forest management and
be innovative in forwarding recommendations on priority provincial forest management issues
to the Legislature. This is an opportunity lost!