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SFM in British Columbia

How we all pay to 'conserve' forests

The Province | 7 years 9 months ago

In January, a deal was struck between the Pacific Carbon Trust (the provincial Crown corporation responsible for buying carbon "offsets") and one of British Columbia's biggest logging companies - a deal that would allegedly result in hundreds of thousands of tonnes of additional carbon being stored...

New Report Shows B.C. Lagging Behind in Creating Sustainable Forestry Jobs

HQ Prince George | 7 years 10 months ago

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is calling out B.C.'s forest industry for lagging behind developing sustainable jobs.  A new report says the province risks losing further ground on the processed wood market if efforts are not made to both renew our forests and create more long-term jobs...

Herbicide’s collateral damage in B.C. forests under attack

The Globe & Mail | 7 years 10 months ago

Each year in British Columbia about 16,000 hectares of forest are sprayed with a herbicide that contains glyphosate. It is one of the most popular weed killers in the world, according to the manufacturer, Monsanto. But using it in B.C.’s forests appears to be a mistake on several levels, and...

Forests require flexible management

Vancouver Sun | 8 years 1 month ago

For more than a century, British Columbia's forests have been the cornerstone of the province's economy. At 60 million hectares, equivalent to 148,000 Stanley Parks, the province's publicly-owned forests are a vast and valuable asset, sustaining rural and first nations communities, providing...

We're losing key knowledge about our forests

The Province | 8 years 2 months ago

If you're a clerk in the produce department at the local supermarket you have a big task on your hands. Not only must you track how quickly the bins of apples, lemons, lettuce, radishes and dozens of other fruits and vegetables are depleted, but you must constantly root out the rotten from the...

Foresters alarmed by neglect and deterioration of timber

Vancouver Sun | 8 years 2 months ago

Bravo to Professors Simard and Lewis for speaking out on declining stewardship of B.C.'s public forests, a trend many foresters have observed with growing alarm over the past decade. Re: New policies needed to save our forests, Opinion, April 8 The issues are three-fold: First, cumulative effects...

New policies needed to save our forests

8 years 2 months ago

April 8th, 2011: The administration and care of British Columbia's publicly owned forestlands - some 60 million hectares, an area larger than France - is unstable and in deep trouble. The shifting of forest governance among three ministries in less than a year, following a decade of deregulation,...

Inadequate reforestation goes from bad to worse

The National Post | 8 years 4 months ago

British Columbia is blessed by nature with a vast, ecologically rich forest estate that also has been a source of sustained economic wealth for more than a century. But today there are troubling signs that the most important of natural assets is facing challenges never before seen. The area of...

Certification fails to protect B.C. forests

8 years 6 months ago

In response to increasing public outcries over his complete mismanagement of forests in the public interest, Forest Minister Pat Bell is frequently taking refuge behind forest certification programs. But are third-party stamps of approval really, as Bell claims, a guarantee that our forests -- a...

BC Forest Service felled by bureaucracy

Vancouver Sun | 8 years 7 months ago

With two provincial ministries performing the work of one, inefficiency is inevitable and sustainable-use policies will be ignored. After bleeding like a wounded pig for almost a decade from cutbacks to reforestation to constraints on spending its voted funds, Premier Gordon Campbell and Forest...

Neglect in the woods

The Victoria Times Colonist | 8 years 10 months ago

A decade of cuts has left a priceless resource facing a homemade crisis... There is an old saying that if the forest service is not planting trees, then it is not doing its job. When reforestation was the law in British Columbia, the forest ministry reported in its 2000-01 annual report that the...

The Big Burn

Focus Online | 8 years 10 months ago

The combination of a gutted Forest Service, vast areas of not sufficiently restocked forestlands, a quirky loophole in the Kyoto Protocol and a provincial government ideologically driven to sell off public assets has created the perfect opportunity for forest industrialists to burn down the last...

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