Originally published in The Forestry Source, September 2013. © 2013, The Society of American Foresters.
Soil science may soon double the size of forest carbon sinks that foresters can manage.
The Importance of a Land Ethic in the Management of Private and Tenured Forestlands in British Columbia
In the last two issues, Silviculture Magazine has provided readers with two vividly contrasting perspectives on resource management of private forestland. In this article we provide a perspective on the stewardship of managed forests on private and tenured land from the perspective of a woodlot owner with a land ethic.
MPB killed lodgepole pine near Grande Prairie, Alberta. Photo credit Government of Alberta, Environment and Sustainable Resource Development.
In the Spring 2013 edition of “Silviculture”, John Betts made a compelling argument that British Columbia might be long past due for a forest inventory update. He also reasonably argued that before we embark on such an initiative, we should review and possibly revise our inventory goals, before we start measuring.
A community-owned sawmill in Quintana Roo, Mexico (photo credit: Reem Hajjar)
In a universe parallel to the one Rod Bealing describes in “Public Attention for Private Forests” (Silviculture Magazine, Spring 2013), the communities adjacent to lands regulated by the Private Managed Forest Land Act aren’t hearing “Howdy, neighbour.” They’re hearing, “Please look the other way while we rip the heart out of your tourism industry, ruin your drinking watershed, close down opportunities for permanent forest jobs, deliver the final blow to declining fish runs, convert forest land into real estate developments and intensify the impacts that climate change will have on your liv
There has been much talk recently about the management of public forests in British Columbia. An article from the Private Forest Landowners Association gives their perspective of the ongoing critique of private forest management and makes a case for why private forests can be considered a success story.
In a province where 95% of the land is publicly owned, it’s not surprising misinformation persists about the policies and programs in place to ensure the responsible stewardship of the roughly 2% of B.C. that is privately owned forest land.
As the MPB moves increasingly northward toward Yukon, the Forest Management branch continues to assess the risk of infestation and take proactive measures to stay on top of the very real MPB threat. Learn about what actions have been taken so far and what forest health results are coming in from the field.
Getting Ahead of the Mountain Pine Beetle in Yukon