B.C. government hasn’t fulfilled promise to revise forestry practices, conservationists say

CBC News
September 12, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In September 2020, the B.C. NDP released a report that made 14 recommendations to overhaul forestry management in the province and promised to implement those changes within a three-year timeline.  This week marks the third anniversary of that announcement, and while the government says it is making good on its promise, critics say the deadline has passed and not enough has been done.  …Torrance Coste, national campaign director for the Wilderness Committee, was hopeful when the report first came out, but he says its recommendations have yet to become reality and his optimism is waning.  …Forests Minister Bruce Ralston, also speaking to On The Island, said his ministry remains “fully committed” to acting on the report’s recommendations and has already deferred logging on 2.25 million hectares (22,500 square kilometres) of old growth and is currently engaging with over 200 First Nations.

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