In simplest terms, the Foresters Act establishes the association to uphold the public’s interest respecting the practice of professional forestry, defines the practice of professional forestry, stipulates that one must be registered with the ABCFP to engage in the practice of professional forestry, charges the association with the administration of the Foresters Act, and vests the authority to govern the association in its council.
The Foresters Act was first introduced in the BC Legislature in 1945 and subsequently went into effect in April 1947. Over the ensuing years, the Foresters Act was revised on a number of occasions. Only the government of BC can make changes to the Foresters Act. The last substantive amendment to the Foresters Act was in 2011 Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Statutes Amendment Act, 2011 (Bill 6) when the government granted changes that allowed timber cruisers to practise independently, gave the association the ability to establish and administer certification schemes, set membership dues and other necessary fees by council resolution, and set quality assurance programs around continuing competency.
In 2018, the BC government passed the Professional Governance Act, legislation that applies to all professional regulators in the natural resource sector. The Act will be brought into force through regulation and it is expected that at some point upon its full implementation it will replace the Foresters Act and the Foresters Act will be repealed.