Spring is here, but it may not feel like a time of renewal at the moment for many of us. COVID-19 has changed so many aspects of our daily lives. We hope you, and those in your circle, are staying safe and healthy. We’re fortunate to live in a province that puts community first… you see it in BC’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, just as we see it in the way our province’s resources are managed. We’re grateful for the leading role our government has taken in flattening the curve and looking out for everyone’s best interests.
Every Woodlot Licensee in the province has a heart for the forest – they’re managing a Crown resource for all of us, often under difficult circumstances. Mother Nature, trade disputes and regulatory changes all bring pressures to bear on our forest stewards.
This meeting came at a time when closures and curtailments have impacted the forestry sector – especially rural communities in BC. Following the welcome by the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, licensees took part in roundtable discussions about operational and economic challenges facing sustainable forestry practices in BC and how they work within the multitude of competing resource management objectives, government regulations and policies.
Woodlot Licences are part of a little industry that makes a big difference on BC’s forest stewardship landscape. Most people don’t know what a Woodlot Licence is, let alone that there are more than 850 of them covering nearly 600,000 hectares of forests in British Columbia. In fact, there’s probably a woodlot in your backyard.
Social Licence for Crown forests is becoming increasingly challenging today with more public demands on the same piece of land – recreation, visual beauty, cultural heritage, wildlife, range, water and trees for timber. As stated by John Horgan in his April 4th Vancouver Sun Op-ed piece, “Forestry is a foundational industry”… “Communities large and small, rural and urban, depend on a strong and sustainable forest sector.”