Help Stop the Privatization of BC’s Public Forest Lands!

I received this email alert from the Wilderness Committee to share:

Hi Eldy,

I’m writing you today to ask you to stand up for BC’s public forest lands. Recently, news has surfaced that BC’s provincial government led by Premier Christy Clark is planning on introducing a forestry bill that would give private logging companies much more control over our public forest land in British Columbia—a bill that’s been described by experts as a massive “forest giveaway”.

The legislation, which could be introduced by the provincial government as early as next week, essentially makes crown forest land more like private land in terms of management and logging rights. Click here to read a recent op-ed about this issue from The Province newspaper, written by Ben Parfitt of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

Given the history of ecological destruction and unsustainable practices on privatized forest land in BC, the idea of handing over more control of crown land to private companies is unacceptable.

The accountability, oversight, and long-term vision needed to create environmentally and economically sustainable forestry in BC is only possible in strongly regulated, publicly-managed forests. Any legislation that shifts control of the province’s vital forest resources from public to private hands—especially without proper public consultation—is not in BC’s best interest.

Giving more control to the big logging companies would make it more difficult and expensive to protect endangered species, create new protected areas, conserve public drinking water sources, or honourably resolve the issue of Aboriginal rights and title—all critically important public initiatives we need to complete.

Public input will be essential in stopping this very dangerous privatization legislation, as well as in improving future forest policy. Right now is a critical time to let our provincial leaders know that British Columbians want to keep the province’s crown forest lands in public hands.

That’s why we’re asking you to write to the BC government, urging them NOT to change BC’s forestry law to give more control to private logging companies.Click here to visit the letter-writing tool on our website and write your letter now.

The BC government has a responsibility to protect the province’s forest resources—not give them away to corporate interests. Please write today!

For the wild,

Joe Foy | National Campaign Director
Wilderness Committee

Thank you for supporting wilderness.

The Wilderness Committee is Canada’s largest membership-based, citizen-funded wilderness preservation organization.

 

Write Wild – Stop the Privatization of BC’s Public Forest Lands!

Submitted by alexis on Thu, 02/07/2013 – 20:30

The BC government is now considering legislation that would give private companies more control over public forests.

Currently, 80% of BC’s public forest land is under volume-based management (where a tenure holder has rights to a specific volume of timber each year, within a given timber supply area). The remaining 20% is managed through the granting of area-based Tree Farm Licences (TFLs). These licences shift more control of public lands to private tenure holders.

The concern is that this new bill will propose a large-scale conversion from volume-based to area-based forest tenures. Normally, this type of area-based management is saved for community forests or First Nations, but in this case it would mean turning over public land to industrial logging giants.

Please use the letter-writing tool below to send a message to BC Premier Christy Clark and BC’s Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Steve Thomson.

Urge them NOT to change BC’s forestry law to give more control to private logging companies.

A copy of your letter will also be sent to the Official Leader of the Opposition, Adrian Dix, and to the Opposition Critic for Forestry, Norm Macdonald.

WHEN SUBMITTING YOUR PERSONALIZED COMMENT, PLEASE REMEMBER TO INCLUDE YOUR FULL NAME AND CITY OF RESIDENCE

My letter:

Hon. Christy Clark

Premier of British Columbia

Box 9041, Station PROV GOVT

Victoria, BC  V8W 9E1

CC: Hon. Steve Thomson, BC Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Adrian Dix, BC Leader of the Opposition

Norm Macdonald, BC Opposition Critic for Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

RE: Please Do Not Change BC Forest Policy to Give More Control to Private Companies!

It has come to my attention that the BC government is now considering legislation that would give private companies more control over public forests.

This new bill will propose a large-scale conversion from volume-based to area-based forest tenures. Normally, this type of area-based management is saved for community forests or First Nations, but in this case it would mean turning over public land to industrial logging giants.

Kindly consider the following points:

•Right now, 80% of BC’s public forest land is managed in a way that DOES NOT grant company-controlled tree farm licences

•On these lands, it is easier and less expensive to protect the forest, either for the purpose of environmental conservation or for improved logging practices

•This government is considering passing legislation that would make it easier to obtain tree farm licences, shifting more control of BC’s public forest lands into the hands of private logging companies

•Giving more control to big logging companies would make it more difficult and expensive to protect endangered species, create new protected areas, conserve public drinking water sources, and honourably resolve the issue of Aboriginal rights and title—all vitally important public initiatives

•BC’s public forest lands are part of a natural legacy that has been passed down to us, and it’s a heritage we all need to protect

Thank you for taking the time to consider my concerns regarding the proposed changes.  Please Do Not Change BC Forest Policy to Give More Control to Private Companies!

Respectfully,

This ploy to turn more power over to industries regarding our forest crown lands smacks of  someone`s palm getting greased.  There needs to be control by governing parties to keep all dealings on the up and up. Any way I put my voice into the mix with a letter.

Today`s “stone“ is  Day 42  crusty cover of lace-like ice upon the snow, slippery sliding, brisk and sunny, beauty day

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