Future forest management in British Columbia: A proposed vision, goals, and forest management framework
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During a time when British Columbia's forest policy is undergoing unprecedented change, a lack of clarity surrounds what is desired for the forest industry and how future forests will be managed. This paper focuses on desirable changes to forest management to achieve sustainability. The author comments on current forest industry structure and recommends adoption of the Chief Forester's vision of the industry as "... the best managers of naturally forested landscapes in the world." A set of goals to achieve this vision is outlined and a forest management framework is proposed that includes strategic direction, management instruments, and a system to implement the strategy. A draft "Sustainable Forest Management Contract" is presented for discussion. This instrument could address the limitations associated with current area- and volume-based tenure requirements and provide companies with a stake in long-term forest management.
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