Changes to BC forest legislation benefit biomass
By Canadian Biomass
Apr. 1, 2010, Victoria – Amendments to British Columbia’s forestry legislation encourage better use of low-quality timber for bioenergy and improve wildfire protection.
By Canadian Biomass
Apr. 1, 2010, Victoria – Amendments to British Columbia’s forestry legislation
encourage better use of low-quality timber for bioenergy purposes and improve
wildfire protection. Changes to the scaling provisions of the Forest Act
encourage use of low-grade timber and wood waste for bioenergy purposes.
Previously, only timber could be scaled, but under the changes, bioenergy
products such as wood chips also can be scaled by either volume or weight. The amendment
also allows for scaling to take place at harvesting or production sites, in
addition to scaling stations. Providing flexibility in scaling requirements
allows harvested fibre to travel more directly from the harvest site to the
Other amendments to the Forest Act:
- Extend the
timelines for innovative forestry practices agreements, allowing
government and licensees to further explore these agreements’ potential
for increasing timber supply.
- Clarify rules for
redetermining stumpage rates, ensuring these rules operate as intended.
- Clarify the
mechanism to be used for partitioning allowable annual cuts.
Amendments to the Wildfire Act improve wildfire protection by:
period for prosecution for human-caused fires from two to three years to
allow for complex investigations to be thorough and complete.
both people who start or risk starting wildfires can be prosecuted.
process by which forest companies can recover costs when they support
provincial wildfire suppression efforts.
amendments are also made to the Forest and Range Practices Act and Greenhouse
Gas Reduction (Emissions Standards) Statutes Amendment Act, 2008.
A copy of the bill can be found at www.leg.bc.ca/39th2nd/1st_read/index.htm.