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Take back control of our forests from major corporations, ensuring forestry is meeting the needs of local communities. Our forests are a public resource that belong to the people of BC, and we need to start managing them that way.

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Our forests are a public resource that belongs to the people of BC, and we need to start managing them that way. To achieve this goal the BC Greens will:

  • Reinstate government authority in decision-making at provincial and local levels, beginning with enhancing the authority of district managers to refuse or amend permits.
  • Begin a process of tenure reform to redistribute tenures from a few major companies and grow the proportion of tenures held by first nations and community forests. 
  • Establish a forester general position, an officer of the legislature who is non-partisan and reports to the House annually.
  • Establish a Chief Scientist as a counterpart to the Chief Forester to ensure multiple values are adequately incorporated into timber supply analysis.
  • Enhance capacity in FLNRO and establish more community based Ministry of Forests staff, to support the sustainable management of local forest resources and provide well-paying community jobs.
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