Developing a Framework for Investing in British Columbia Forests
Harry Nelson and Phil Grace
There is a broad consensus that the forests of British Columbia provide important environmental, social, and economic values to the people of BC as well as to the global public. Yet at the same time the ability of our forests to sustain those values is being challenged –more immediately by forest health issues while structural deficiencies in our approach to forest management fail to adequately address all of those values-most importantly our management emphasis on timber to the exclusion of other values. Overarching these are two important drivers-the transition towards harvesting younger forests than we have in the past, and the need to start proactively planning and adapting for a changing climate.