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BC forestry processes to be streamlined

Oct. 6, 2011, Victoria – The newly introduced British Columbia Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Statutes Amendment Act, 2011, will streamline processes under the Forest Act, Foresters Act, and Resort Timber Administration Act.


October 6, 2011
By BC Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Oct. 6, 2011, Victoria – The newly
introduced British Columbia Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Statutes Amendment Act, 2011,
will streamline
processes under the Forest Act, Foresters Act,
and Resort Timber Administration Act.


Proposed amendments under the Forest Act will:

  • Extend the tenure terms of a Master Licence
    to Cut to 10 years and a Free Use Permit to five years. These tenures, used by
    the energy and mines sectors to cut timber, will now have similar terms to
    tenures issued by the Ministry of Energy and Mines and the Oil and Gas
    Commission.
  • Allow woodlot owners to remove private land
    from their woodlots, at the discretion of the minister, to provide woodlot
    owners flexibility in managing their assets in changing economic times and to
    plan for retirement.
  • Enable direct award of Fibre Supply
    Licences to Cut to access wood residue and debris to support the growing wood
    bioenergy sector.
  • Ensure timely and accurate submission of
    information from timber cruises to calculate stumpage fees.

Proposed amendments to the Foresters Act
will enable timber cruisers to be officially certified, to provide confidence
that accurate information used to calculate stumpage is being collected. Timber
cruising involves gathering data on the amount, type, grade and value of trees
to be cut into timber in a particular cutblock.

Proposed amendments to the Resort Timber
Administration Act
will:

  • Allow for a more coordinated approach to
    administering Crown timber within controlled recreation areas, such as ski
    hills, by ensuring Crown timber on private land can be dealt with under the
    Act.
  • Reflect that the Minister of Forests, Lands
    and Natural Resource Operations is now the Minister responsible for the
    Act.

To view a copy of the bill, visit: www.leg.bc.ca/39th4th/votes/progress-of-bills.htm.

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