Forestry

Responsible Forestry in Northwest BC

Northwest BC is fortunate to be endowed with extensive forest assets which have historically driven the regional economy. Cyclical booms and subsequent busts have been the norm. At the time this report was written, the forestry industry in northwest BC – and across the whole province – was in a downturn, as lack of timber, forest fires, and unstable markets challenged status quo business models.

But Northwest BC is undergoing change, and recent events have galvanized communities to discuss how to move towards more resilient and sustainable communities. These discussions include how to develop northwest BC’s forestry industry in new and responsible ways that support wildlife and diminishing salmon populations, provide increased resilience in the face of climate change, plus benefit the desired lifestyles of northwest BC’s individuals and communities.

Read the backgrounder here.

Read the full report here. 

Forestry and Carbon in BC

Global climate change is well underway. Humanity has only about two to three decades to avoid the 1.5 – 2 degrees Celsius threshold and forestall runaway climate warming. Forest management plays a nearly unique role in climate change mitigation. In this report, renowned ecologist Jim Pojar lays out seven forest carbon myths, misconceptions or oversimplifications. He also provides a series of recommendations and potential solutions to help reach BC's climate targets through improved forest management.

Forests both absorb and release carbon, resulting in a dynamic balance that changes over time, depending on stand age and on type and intensity of disturbance. The relative balance between absorption and emission determines whether a particular forest ecosystem is a net carbon source or a sink. Depending on how they naturally function, and how they are managed, forests can therefore either contribute to or reduce greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

Read the full report here.