Opinions

The views and opinions expressed on this page are those of the respective authors and do not necessarily represent those of the Coordinator, sponsors or volunteers of the Healthy Forests-Healthy Communities initiative.

The Coordinator of the Healthy Forests-Healthy Communities initiative will screen letters and opinion pieces for partisan statements and meeting the Operating Principles of the initiative.  The Coordinator reserves the right to not post letters or opinions that in the opinion of the Coordinator do not rigorously meet these requirements.

OPERATING PRINCIPLES – HFHC



Tenure Transfer

March 29, 2013 – Consultation needed on tenures
Russ Cameron, The Daily News, Kamloops

March 20, 2013 – CILA supports delay in implementing forest tenure rules
Jeff Sargeant, Prince George

March 2013 – HFHC Coordinator recommendations
Bill Bourgeois, Healthy Forests Healthy Communities

March 2013 – Forest Act Amendments Response
Healthy Forests Healthy Communities

March 2013 – Forest Act Amendments deferred for consultation
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

March 12, 2013 – Independent MLA Calls for Public Inquiry into Forest Policy
Bob Simpson

March 12, 2013 – Government backs down on controversial forestry bill
Andrew MacLeod, The Tyee

March 12, 2013 – Tree farm license are making Crown land inaccessible
Lesley Bohm, Vancouver Sun

March 11, 2013 – Commons BC challenges BC Government’s Bill 8 to privatize all remaining public forestlands
Staff reporter, Vancouver Observer

March 10, 2013 – Forestry plan opposed
Richard Rolke, Vernon Morning Star

March 9, 2013 – Raw log exports cost B.C.’s forest industry many jobs
Glenn Hilke, The Daily News

March 6, 2013 – Tree license rollover has no public benefit
Anthony Britneff, Vancouver Sun

March 7, 2013 – B.C. bill will promote forest inventory: industry group
Business in Vancouver

March 6, 2013 – Tree license rollover has no public benefit
Anthony Britneff, The Vancouver Sun

March 5, 2013 – Proposed act not good policy
Bob Simpson, Kamloops: Daily News

March 4, 2013 – Concerned about raw log exports
Rick Berry, The Citizen

March 2013 – Rolling Over Crown Forests
Briony Penn

March 2013 – Opinion Regarding Fores Amendment Act
Chris Ortner

March 1, 2013 – Rollover Legislation: Claims and Facts
Bob Simpson

February 27, 2013 – We can’t just roll-over when it comes to the government’s roll-over forest plans
Andrew Gage

February 26, 2013 – Forest giveaway simply bad policy
Ben Parfitt, Cowichan News Leader Pictorial

February 25, 2013 – Critic in error with regard to changes
Steve Thomson, The Daily News

February 2013 – Forest Act amendments opinion-summary of comments
Healthy Forests Healthy Communities

February 27, 2013 – ‘This is Huge’: Sweeping Forest Bill Gathers Foes
Andrew MacLeod, The Tyree

February 2013 – Forest Act amendments-response
Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities

February 25, 2013 – Forest Act changes under fire: Battle in the woods predicted as companies compete timber supply
Mike Youds, Daily News staff reporter

February 24, 2013 – Forest tenures spark controversy
Tom Fletcher, Vernon Morning Star

February 21, 2013 – Proposed BC Forest Act Amendments All about Privatizing Public Forest, says Wilderness Committee
Joy Foy and Torrance Coste

February 20, 2013 – New legislation aimed at ensuring forests better managed: Proposed changes would allow ‘volume-based’ forestry licenses to become ‘area-based’ licenses
Brian Morton, Vancouver Sun

February 19, 2013 – Comment: Forests bill urgently in need of a re-write
Judith Sayers and Ben Parfitt, Times Colonist

January 31, 2013 – Issue Alert: Legislation to Privatize our Public Forests
Bob Simpson

January 27, 2013 – Sneaky Liberals are planning a B.C. forest giveaway
Ben Parfitt

 



General

June 5, 2012 – Inaction hurts lumber towns
Times Colonist



Forest Policy

April 30, 2013 – Forest policy has been a disaster
Rick James, Comox Valley Echo

April 29, 2013 – Only stand-alone act can protect B.C. species at risk from disappearing
Mara Kerry, Vancouver Sun

April 15, 2013 – Protecting BC’s Vulnerable Species
Les Kiss, Coast Forest Products Association

April 2013 – New Forest Investment Models Needed
Bill Bourgeois, Healthy Forests Healthy Communities

April 2013 – The politics of nature (Part 1)
Briony Penn, Focus Online

April 6, 2013 – A BC Forest Policy for the 21st Century
Jessica Clogg, The Tyree

March 27, 2013 – BC Land Use Plans Hardwired for Failure
UVic Environmental Law Centre, The Tyree

March 14, 2013 – Comment: B.C. forests’ future requires climate reality check
Valerie Langer, Jessica Clogg and Torrance Coste, Times Colonist

March 13, 2013 – Rustad says public inquiry into forest policy unnecessary
Greg Fry

March 12, 2013 – Independent MLA calls for public inquiry into BC forestry policy
Greg Fry, HQ Prince George

February 22, 2013 – B.C. commits to renewing outdated forest inventories: Critics counters 10-year plan is too long and overdue
Derrick Penner, Vancouver Sun

February 22, 2013 – Budget Cuts Amidst Forest Crisis Anger Critics: ‘Difficult decision’ to trim stewardship funding until next year: minister
Andrew MacLeod, The Tyee

February 21, 2013 – B.C. land protection insufficient to conserve species biodiversity: Report.
Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun

February 21, 2013 – B.C. failing biodiversity, says report
The Canadian Press

February 20, 2013 – We must address logging around water
The Citizen

February 20, 2013 – B.C. resource development remains ‘unknown and unmanaged’, warns Forest Practices Board
Gordon Hamilton, Vancouver Sun

February 2013 – The Need to Manage Cumulative Effects
Board Bulletin, Volume 13

February 19, 2013 – Comment: Forests bill urgently in need of a rewrite
Judith Sayers and Ben Parfitt, Times Colonist

February 18, 2013 – Industry get credits, schoolyards get stumps
Ben Parfitt, The Province

February 14, 2013 – Fresh water, the future of British Columbia – Opinion: new laws needed for new challenges.
Anna Warwick Sears and Oliver M. Brandes, Special to The Vancouver Sun

February 14, 2013 – Forest Policy must change, forum hears – Continuing crisis should be election issue this spring
Mike Youds, Kamloops Daily News Staff Reporter

February 13, 2013 – Professional Reliance – The Better Way to Balance BC’s Budget
Coast Forest Today – Our Blog

February 12, 2013 – MLAs butt heads over forestry tenure changes
Jen St.Denis, Business in Vancouver

February 8, 2013 – MLA Report: We need an attitude shift in government
Norm Macdonald MLA, The Revelstoke Current

February 5, 2013 – Sustainable forestry — not carbon credits — key to prosperity
Tom Tevlin and Trevor Figueiredo, Special to The Vancouver Sun

February 5, 2013 – It’s time for B.C. to take a new approach to the civil service
Vancouver Sun

February 4, 2013 – Media Release – Independent MLA calls for Government and Opposition Transparency on Forest Tenure Reform
Bob Simpson, MLA Cariboo North

February 4, 2013 – Great Bear carbon offsets need scrutiny
Bob Simpson, Vancouver Sun

February 3, 2013 – Get the forest facts right!
Steve Thomson, The Province

February 1, 2013 – What’s with forest industry objecting to another monopoly
George Delisle, Kelowna Capital News

February 1, 2013 – NDP spells out forest plans
DeLynda Pilon, Prince George Free Press

February 1, 2013 – Liberals dispute NDP forest ideas
DeLynda Pilon, Prince George Free Press

February 2013 – Board Bulletin, Volume 12 – Independent Oversight of Forest and Range Practices
Forest Practices Board

January 2013 – Issue Alert: Forest Legislation to Privatize Our Public Forests
Legislative Assembly Province of British Columbia

January 31, 2013 – Publish the law
Ben Parfitt, The Province

January 31, 2013 – Liberals in ‘rollover’ mode prior to timber group tour
Bob Simpson, The Province

January 30, 2013 – Nothing sneaky here
Steve Thomson, The Province

January 30, 2013 – Letters: B.C. forests, Steve Thomson, Ben Parfitt, Bob Simpson, post office, Sun Media, protesters, public-sector pensions
The Province

January 27, 2013 – Sneaky Liberals are planning a B.C. forest giveaway
Ben Parfitt, The Province

January 27, 2013 – B.C.’s strategy to cut down blockades
Mark Hume, The Globe and Mail

January 25, 2013 – Taking The Pulse on Forestry Health
250 News

January 24, 2013 – News Release – Tsq’escenemc, B.C. government sign innovative forest agreement
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

January 22, 2013 – Expand milling capacity to keep jobs at home
Anthony Britneff, Times Colonist

January 19, 2013 – Great Bear Rainforest’s green gold
Vancouver Sun

January 18, 2013 – News Release – Small wood licences – big opportunity for the Kaslo area
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour

January 17, 2013 – The Great Bear Rainforest – Carbon Store or Carbon Story?
Ben Parfitt, Policy Note

January 2013 – Maintaining SuperNatural BC for Our Children
Calvin Sandborn, Environmental Law Centre – UVic

December 19, 2012 – Letter from Bill Miller, Regional District of Bulkley Nechako re: HFHC Strategic Action Plan, October 2012

December 19, 2012 – Letter from Gail Chapman, Regional District of Bulkley Nechako re: HFHC Communities Initiative

December 5, 2012 – News Release: Wildfire protection funding change helps communities
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Union of B.C. Municipalities
First Nations’ Emergency Services Society of B.C.

December 4, 2012 – Pine beetle threatens tourism wilderness assets
Jean St. Denis, Business in Vancouver

December 4, 2012 – MLA says industry must look to newer technologies to take advantage of timber
Ben Ingram, Daily News

November 27, 2012 – Bridges project seeks to help small-scale forest operators
Keith McNeill, Clearwater Times

November 19, 2012 – Vanderhoof Council Concerned With Possible Forest License Changes
Ted Andrew, HQ Prince George

October 25, 2012 – Film explores forest industry
Heather Thomson, Alberni Valley Times

October 19, 2012 – News Release – Small wood licenses – big opportunity
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour

August 1, 2012 – More logging won’t cure trade’s ills
Ken, Vancouver Sun

July 21, 2012 – Information Bulletin – B.C. protects old growth forests on Sunshine Coast
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

July 17, 2012 – It’s Time to Rethink Forest Policy
Billy Garton, Special to The Sun



Forest Lands Management

May 1, 2013 – Prince George B.C. forest volunteers recognized
Canadian Sustainable Forest Management

April 4, 2013 – MPB Infestation Winding Down, Slowly

March 7, 2013 – Forest Management faces multiple challenges, crowd told
Kamloops: The Daily News

February 2013 – A Sustainable Forest Management Framework for BC Crown Forests
Healthy Forests Healthy Communities

February 26, 2013 – Millions of historic aerial photos available this fall
Steve Thomson, Newsroom

February 27, 2013 – Biodiversity and logging can be partners
Times Colonist

January 14, 2013 – Diverse forestry stands better than monocultures, finds study
mongabay.com

January 2013 – New project takes a closer look at B.C.’s wildfire risk
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

January 3, 2013 – We need to change how B.C. forests are managed
Anthony Britneff, Special to The Sun

Fall 2012 – Improving the Species at Risk Act
Coastal Clarion
Please scroll down to see article.

December 18, 2012 – Beautiful B.C.’s big business problem is far from pretty
Joel McKay, Business in Vancouver

November 22, 2012 – Pine Beetles: Day 5 – Bioenergy plant utilizes beetle-killed pine

October 10, 2012 – Letter: Response to Fletcher
Norm Macdonald, MLA (New Democrat critic for forests) for Sooke News Mirror

October 2, 2012 – Public controls land base
Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations – from the Campbell River Mirror

September 25, 2012 – North Island MLA outlines NDP’s forestry plan
Brian Kiernan, Campbell River Mirror

September 25, 2012 – Forestry, if done correctly, can rise to the top again
Robin Austin, Terrace Standard

September 20, 2012 – COFI President Shares Optimism
250 News

September 12, 2012 – B.C. forest initiative releases ‘strategic action plan’
The Working Forest staff, The Working Forest Newspaper

September 2012 – The Future of BC Forests
Bill Bourgeois, PhD RPF, BC Forest Professional

August 25, 2012 – Pine beetle epidemic is no sign of poor forest management
Sharon Glover, Vancouver Sun

August 16, 2012 – Replanting Dying B.C. Forests
Daina Lawrence, BC Business

August 10, 2012 – Budworm ‘death by a thousand cuts’
Cam Fortems, Kamloops Daily News

July 31, 2012 – B.C. needs long term strategic vision for its forests
Bill Dumont, The Working Forest Newspaper

July 20, 2012 – Climate shifts may strand weather-dependent ecosystems
Scott Simpson, Vancouver Sun

July 19, 2012 – B.C. Forestry would benefit from a new “War in the Woods”
Sandy McRuer, Vancouver Sun

July 16, 2012 – Professional Foresters are Key to Stewardship
Scott McCannell, Vancouver Sun

July 12, 2012 – A New Way of Viewing the Woods
Gordon Hamilton, Vancouver Sun

June 26, 2012 – New Rules for Slash Could Lead to Pellet Plant in Region
Kamloops Daily News

June 26, 2012 – News Release – New Tenures Promote Bioenergy, Cut Back on Wasted Wood
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

June 23, 2012 – Province to Ease Logging Restrictions in Fraser Region
Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun

June 20, 2012 – Information Bulletin – New Regulation to Protect Sensitive Alpine Areas
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

June 18, 2012 – Forest Practices Board – Conserving Old Growth Forests in BC
Forest Practices Board FPB/SIR/36

June 3, 2012 – Forest plan continues work done by industry, roundtable
Jenn McGarrigle, Nanaimo News Bulletin

May 9, 2012 – Salvage logging increases flooding risk: expert
Times Colonist

April 27, 2012 – Crown Lands Belong to the Public, Not Government
Bob Peart, Times Colonist



Mid Term Timber Supply

December 8, 2012 – Can Burns Lake recover from deadly sawmill explosion?
Wendy Stueck and Justine Hunter, The Globe and Mail
John Allan, CEO, COFI calls for Government to develop an action plan for timber supply shortfalls.

November 20, 2012 – News Release: New data shows rise in Quesnel mid-term timber supply
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

July 9, 2012 – Presentation to Special Committee on Timber Supply
Don Kayne, President and CEO, Canadian Forest Products Ltd

November 5, 2012 – Province grapples with forest health and harvests after pine beetle
Gordon Hamilton, Vancouver Sun

October 30, 2012 – B.C. timber plan unsustainable, says Cariboo MLA
Nelson Bennett, Business Vancouver

October 20, 2012 – Long-term plan needed for B.C.’s forests
Anthony Britneff, Times Colonist

October 18, 2012 – Opinion-Editorial – Beyond the Beetle: An action plan for healthy forests
Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

October 18, 2012 – Wisconsin tribe has much to teach us
Ray Travers, Times Colonist

October 18, 2012 – Stumbling Blindly Into the Future
Bob Simpson – MLA Cariboo (Independent), 250 News

October 17, 2012 – Manage forests for the future
Times Colonist

October 13, 2012 – Logging old growth a step backward
Ed Mankelow, Times Colonist

October 13, 2012 – Provincial timber policy lacks relevant data
Fred Bunnell, Vancouver Sun

October 10, 2012 – Old growth logging unsustainable
Anthony Britneff, CBC Daybreak North

October 9, 2012 – Province vows to make up for pine-beetle losses
Cam Fortems, Kamloops Daily News

October 9, 2012 – B.C. to examine old-growth forest for potential ‘limited’ logging opportunities
Tamsyn Burgmann, The Tyee

October 9, 2012 – Critics pan B.C.’s forestry action plan
Justine Hunter, The Globe and Mail

October 10, 2012 – Press Release – BEYOND THE BEETLE: A mid-term supply action plan
HFHC Coordinator Response

September 17, 2012 – News Release – Framework in place to help rebuild Burns Lake mill
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

September 12, 2012 – Letter deserves reply
Anthony Britneff, The Province

September 9, 2012 – Harvesting marginal areas boosts forest health, economy
George Delisle, The Province

September 6, 2012 – Timber committee calls for scientific approach
Phillip Woolgar, Merritt Herald

September 6, 2012 – Charbonneau: Forest plan a ‘flight of fancy’
David Charbonneau, Kamloops Daily News

September 2012 – Timber committee report a ‘cynical farce’
Gordon Dow, Prince George

August 23, 2012 – The Timber Report Is In, What Will BC Libs Do?
Jim Sinclair, The Tyee

August 23, 2012 – Manage timber supply problem with thinning of forests
Ray Travers RPF, Vancouver Sun

August 23, 2012 – Forests need help
Vicky Husband, The Province

August 22, 2012 – Few trees in the forest
Jens Wieting, The Province

August 22, 2012 – Guest column: Liberal policies have failed forest communities
Jim Sinclair, The Province

August 22, 2012 – MLAs Blow Chance to Help Us See BC’s Next Forest Industry
Bill Bourgeois, The Tyee

August 21, 2012 – MLAs aren’t facing the truth: B.C. forests are tapped out
Anthony Britneff and Ben Parfitt, The Province

August 20, 2012 – Time for investment in forests
Tom Fletcher, Surrey North Delta Leader

August 19, 2012 – Union happy logging in protected areas is off the table
Renee Bernard, News 1130

August 17, 2012 – Poor forest management failing industry
Norm Macdonald, Vancouver Sun

August 16, 2012 – Key firms digest report
Frank Peebles, Prince George Citizen

August 16, 2012 – Quesnel Will Likely Have One Mill Close Where Will the Rest Be
Ben Meisner, Opinion 250

August 16, 2012 – Long-term Vision for Forest Management and Forest Economy Missing
Bob Simpson, Independent MLA Cariboo North

August 15, 2012 – West Coast Environmental Law Reacts to Release of Timber Supply Committee Report Today
Jessica Clogg, via Marketwire

August 15, 2012 – Bill Bourgeois, PhD RPF – Comments on Report from Special Committee on Timber Supply

August 15, 2012 – MLA Report: British Columbians demand reinvestment in our forest lands
Norm Macdonald, The Revelstoke Current

August, 2012 – Report of the Special Committee on Timber Supply
Legislative Assembly of British Columbia

August 7, 2012 – Letter of Response from Minister Thomson

August 6, 2012 – Opinion: lift on logging restraints would be ill-advised
Ben Parfitt, Special to The Sun

August 3, 2012 – New forest management to mitigate declining log supplies in Canada
PulpaperNews.com

July 31, 2012 – The small town trap: Conflagration and collapse
Joel McKay, Vancouver Business

July 31, 2012 – Group of seven struggles with pine beetle aftermath
Joel McKay, Business Vancouver

July 24, 2012 – NDP Forestry Critic Reacts to Mountain Pine Beetle Roundtable Discussions
Jeff Sargeant, HQ Prince George

July 23, 2012 – Merritt weights in on forest management
Phillip Woolgar, Merritt Herald

July 19, 2012 – Bob Simpson, MLA – Submission to the Special Committee on Timber Supply

July 18, 2012 – Ian Moss, PhD, RPF – A Review of Mid Term Timber Supplies, Presented to the Special Committee on Timber Supply

July 16, 2012 – Here’s what B.C. needs to do to do to save Forestry
Arnold Bercov and Stuart Blundell, Vancouver Sun

July 16, 2012 – Forest Sustainability is Essential
Don Kayne, Vancouver Sun

July 13, 2012 – Think of Future when Logging, Special Committee told
Cam Fortems, Kamloops Daily News

July 9, 2012 – Bill Bourgeois, PhD RPF – Presentation to the Special Committee on Timber Supply

July 3, 2012 – The Unforseen Consequences
Judy Stratton, The Prince George Citizen

June 2012 – Brad Harrison, BLBCA – Letter to Special the Committee on Timber Supply

June 23, 2012 – Forest Industry is Fragile, Group of MLA’s Told
The Canadian Press

June 22, 2012 – Elisabeth Doerig – Presentation to the Special Committee on Timber Supply

June 21, 2012 – Leave Old Growth Alone Says Union
Andrew MacLeod, The Tyee

June 20, 2012 – Jim Pojar – Views to the Special Committee on Timber Supply

June 19, 2012 – Crunch Coming for Timber Communities
Les Leyne, Times Colonist

June 15, 2012 – Rod Krimmer – Submission to the Mid-term Timber Supply Committee

June 7, 2012 – Special Committee on Timber Supply
ABCFP – Advocacy

June 7, 2012 – As trees fell in the woods, this B.C. MLA was there to hear it
Justine Hunter, The Globe and Mail

June 6, 2012 – Mid-Term Timber Supply Mitigation Options
Kevin Kriese, ADM
Presentation made to the Legislative Committee on Timber Supply showing the results of various option analyses.

May 31, 2012 – D. Konkin Response to WWB Letter to Minister Thomson

May 31, 2012 – Fish and Trees are Different Issues
The Prince George Citizen

May 31, 2012 – Special Committee on Timber Supply
Reports of Proceedings (Minutes and Hansard) | Timber Supply | 4th Session | 39th Parliament | Committees | Legislative Assembly of BC

May 30, 2012 – Timber Supply Committee
Bob Simpson MLA Cariboo North
Up-to-date community meeting schedule and associated documents can be found at the above link.

May 18, 2012 – Promises, promises
Prince George Free Press

May 15, 2012 – EDITORIAL: B.C. certifiably ironic on wood
Nanaimo News Bulletin

May 9, 2012 – Maintaining older forests is important to ecological diversity
Burns Lake District News – Letters to the Editor – Gunter Hoehne

May 8, 2012 – Logging in forest reserves within the MPB epidemic area – Letter To Minister Thomson
Bill Bourgeois PhD, RPF – HFHC Coordinator

May 2, 2012 – Forest Jobs Won’t Wait For 2013
Tom Fletcher, BC Local News

May 1, 2012 – Logging in forest reserves within the MPB epidemic area – BCWF Concerns

May 1, 2012 – Let’s Not Get Fooled Again
Bruce Hill, Terrace Standard

April 30, 2012 – National Forestry Organization Urges Caution on BC Land Use Changes
Andrew MacLeod, The Hook

April 29, 2012 – B.C. Forestry Industry Takes a Hacking, But Pain Won’t Last Forever: Experts
Tamsyn Burgmann, 570 All News Radio

April 27, 2012 – Northern Mayors Warn Burns Lake Timber Solution May Harm Their Communities
Andrew MacLeod, TheTyee

April 27, 2012 – Mountain Pine Beetle’s Wreck Environmental Peace
Liz Hoath and Alex Boyd, CBC’s – The Current

Anthony Britneff Feedback To CBC’s – The Current (above)

April 27, 2012 – Logging in forest reserves within the MPB epidemic area – Ben van Drimmelen Letter

April 26, 2012 – Options for Mitigating the Mid-Term Timber Supply Gap in Central B.C. – CIF Letter to Minister Thomson

April 26, 2012 – BC Interior’s annual allowable timber harvest to fall and will support a smaller forest products industry
International Wood Markets Group Inc.

April 26, 2012 – Intact Ecosystems Are Precious
Ben Andrew, Vancouver Sun

April 26, 2012 – MLA Cariboo North Media Release
Bob Simpson

April 25, 2012 – Uncertainty In Burns Lake Reflects B.C. Forestry Troubles
CTV News BC

April 25, 2012 – Logging Plan Could Imperil Favoured Designation
Mark Hume, The Globe and Mail

April 25, 2012 – Leaked Cabinet document reveals how far government was willing to go
Bob Simpson MLA Cariboo North – Blog

April 23, 2012 – Top Forestry Union Likes Leaked Cabinet Document
Andrew MacLeod, TheTyee

April 23, 2012 – Logging in forest reserves within the MPB epidemic area – Keith Moore Letter

April 23, 2012 – Logging in forest reserves within the MPB epidemic area – Fred Bunnell Letter

April 20, 2012 – Logging in forest reserves within the MPB epidemic area – Greg Lawrence Letter

April 20, 2012 – Logging in forest reserves within the MPB epidemic area – ENGO Letter

April 19, 2012 – Getting to “No”? – Bob Simpson, Opinion Article – Williams Lake Tribune

April 19, 2012 – Logging in forest reserves within the MPB epidemic area – Hamish Kimmins Letter

Mountain Pine Beetle – Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations – Province of British Columbia

April 18, 2012 – Logging in forest reserves within the MPB epidemic area – Ben van Drimmelen Letter

April 18, 2012 – Government’s Unpublished Mid-Term Timber Supply Report Available Here
Bob Simpson’s website where the confidential report on the mid-term timber supply can be accessed

April 17, 2012 – Bob Simpson Letter to Thomson on Public Consultation
Bob Simpson letter to Minister Thomson encouraging him to institute a public consultation process and a request for others to send letters with copies to Bob Simpson. HFHC would like to also post any letters that might be sent to provide a resource for those interested in the dialogue on the topic.

April 16, 2012 – B.C. Wildife Federation – Letter to Minister Steve Thomson

April 16, 2012 – Logging in forest reserves within the MPB epidemic area – Anonymous(2) Letter

April 16, 2012 – Bob Simpson – Press Release – Report on Logging in Forest Reserves

April 16, 2012 – Logging in forest reserves within the MPB epidemic area – Anonymous Letter

April 13, 2012 – Logging in forest reserves within the MPB epidemic area – Thomas Munson Letter

April 12, 2012 – What about our future?
By Bob Simpson – Williams Lake Tribune

April 12, 2012 – Logging in forest reserves within the MPB epidemic area – Craig Farnden Letter

April 12, 2012 – Logging in forest reserve areas and protected areas – Bob Peart Letter

April 12, 2012 – Letter to the Editor of the Williams Lake Tribune from affected West Chilcotin resident voicing concern over negative logging impacts to wilderness, tourism and aesthetic values.

April 12, 2012 – Respected BC Fire Ecologist, Bruce Blackwell, gives his two-bits on logging in the Lakes District and impacts to wildfire protection planning

April 10, 2012 – Article from the Prince George Tribune regarding Minister Bell’s desire for timber to trump tourism.

April 8, 2012 – Anthony Britneff Letter to Minister Thomson regarding logging of reserve areas in the central Interior and how this is a “…devious ploy to disguise the initiative as a protecting jobs…”

April 2012 – “British Columbia’s public dispute on Sustainable Forest Management” Forest Sector Advisory Services – Sommerauer – Forest Industries.EU website

April 7, 2012 – The Wilderness Tourism Association responds to our governments decision to log forest reserves with a fact sheet regarding Visual Quality Objectives and a letter outlining impacts to the visual landscape along Highway 16.

April 7, 2012 – Lack of foresight by government – Letter to Honourable Pat Bell from Fred Bunnell, Forestry Professor Emiritus, regarding logging in forest reserves to ensure mid term timber supply

April 7, 2012 – Letter from our Coordinator regarding logging in forest reserves in MPB epidemic areas addressed to the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Honourable Steve Thomson and the Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Information, Honourable Pat Bell.

April 7, 2012 – Mid Term Timber Supply Report Amendment drafted by the ABCFP indicates that more dialogue is needed when deciding what trade-offs should be made with non-timber resource values to ensure access to timber.



April 5, 2012 – “Land users voice concerns to NDP”, article in the 100 Mile Free Press regarding the competing use of forest lands and resources with special emphasis on the impacts timber harvest on ranching, trapping and tourism.

April 4, 2012 – “Timber is not just for harvesting”, letter to the editor of Burns Lake District News in response to March 28th article titled “Province could relax rules.”

Politics trumps reason as B.C. eyes bid to raid protected forests, Mark Hume – April 1, 2012

March 28, 2012 – Should we relax forestry rules regarding visual aesthetics to harvest more timber? These are some of the tough questions facing Foresters in the Burns Lake area.

March 27, 2012 – Burns Lake challenge challenge between community needs related to the lost mill and those of sustainability identified by the Community Forest.

BC Belongs to British Columbians – Bob Peart, March 9, 2012

Quality Always Takes Time – David Shipway, October 2011