BC needs to rethink and renew the management of our forests. BC can have a strong and sustainable forestry sector with the right mix of policy, governance and oversight.
The raw log export focus of BC’s forest sector has meant that the province has in effect been exporting thousands of jobs in wood processing and manufacturing every year. While BC has perhaps the largest pool of forest resources in Canada, the province performs poorly in job creation per metre of logs harvested. Ontario’s forestry sector, for example, creates more than five times as many jobs as BC per metre of wood harvested and Quebec performs about four times better than BC for forest sector jobs intensity.
BC needs a comprehensive new framework for forestry stewardship that incorporates diverse economic activities, carbon sequestration goals and updated conservation standards.
We need to invest in the future of our forests.