Special Report: Opportunities to Improve the Forest and Range Practices Act
Publish date: Tuesday, December 12, 2017
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals
BC’s Forest Watchdog reports on 20 years of recommendations to the BC Government on improving forest management and concludes, “Government has told the Board that it accepts 56 (of 60) recommendations…Just over half these actions have been fully or partially implemented…However for many of the governments promised actions, the board has no evidence they have been carried out”. PEA licensed science officers positions have been cut by 25 per cent so it is not surprising the Government has not been able to take action.
The report details how government managers are powerless to stop logging companies from damaging the environment and ignoring community values, how are drinking water supplies have been polluted and how the public has been excluded from planned forestry activities.The Government is currently reviewing the legislative framework known as Professional Reliance, that has resulted in a lack of professional oversight and threats to publicly owned forests and public safety.