Advocacy Activities

Year Month Description Advocacy Topic
2018 June SUBMISSION: ABCFP submission to the BC government Independent Forest Inventory Review Panel. Forest Management, Growth and Yield
2018 March LETTER: The Joint Practices Board of the ABCFP and EGBC follows up with the Forest Practices Board regarding its investigation into Resource Road Construction in Steep Terrain. Forest Safety
2018 March SUBMISSION TO BC GOVERNMENT 2017 FLOOD AND FIRE REVIEW PANEL: The ABCFP provided the BC government’s 2017 Flood and Fire Review with a submission containing a number of insights and recommendations to improve forest management as it pertains to wildfire. The submission is based on consultations with a cross section of forest professionals who have extensive wildfire experience and highlights potential shortcomings in forestry practices relating to wildfire management as well as providing a list of key recommendations for each of the four phases of emergency fire management (Planning and Preparedness, Prevention and Mitigation, Response, and Recovery). Forest and Fire Management
2017 October NEWS ARTICLE: Column by ABCFP's Mike Larock, RPF, director of professional practice and forest stewardship, and Megan Hanacek, RPF, RPBio, forest stewardship specialist, published in the Province and several other papers: Debate on Vancouver Island's Old Growth Forests Must be Based on Facts. Old Growth Management
2017 September NEWS ARTICLE: Column by Christine Gelowitz, RPF, ABCFP CEO, and Mike Larock, RPF, director of professional practice and forest stewardship, published in the Vancouver Sun: Managing BC's Forest for the Public Good and Future Generations. Forest Management Model
2017 September POSTION STATEMENT: ABCFP Climate Change Position Statement 2017. Climate Change
2017 August LETTER: Letter from ABCFP CEO Christine Geolowitz, RPF, to Doug Donaldson, Minister for Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, outlining ABCFP priorities. (PDF File, 417 KB) Forest Management Model
2017 June LETTER: Letter from ABCFP CEO Christine Gelowitz, RPF, to John Rustad, Minister for Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations, outlining ABCFP priorities. (PDF File, 73 KB) Forest Management Model
2017 June UPDATE: Work progressing on growth and yield advocacy plan
A team of ABCFP members, under the direction of Mike Larock, RPF, director of professional practice and forest stewardship, are completing a draft version of a growth and yield advocacy plan. To date, work on the advocacy plan has focused on developing key messages and points, the target audience to advocate to, and the best methods for advocacy. Additionally, the association has held discussions with FLNRORD staff on future opportunities for collaboration on growth and yield.
Growth and Yield
2017 April PRESENTATION: Presentation on old growth forest management (PDF File, 2.4 MB) by Mike Larock, RPF, ABCFP director of professional practice and forest stewardship, to Association of Vancouver Island Coastal Communities. Old Growth Management
2017 February STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT: ABCFP hosted a research symposium examining growth and yield
The ABCFP joined with FLNRO, NRCan and UNBC to host a half-day research symposium, How Managing for Risk, Wildlife Habitat, and Growth and Yield Impacts Timber Supply, during the 2017 ABCFP forestry conference. The symposium brought together forestry researchers and practising forest professionals to discuss current research underway related to growth and yield.
Growth and Yield
2016 September COMMITTEE: ABCFP Council approved the establishment of a committee.
The Growth and Yield Coop Advocacy Team is established to assist with the advocacy effort.
Growth and Yield
2016 September  NEWS RELEASE: ABCFP Responds to Forest Practices Board Report: Forest Practices Board Investigation Into Effects of Logging on Port Alberni Viewscapes Highlights Important Role for Forest Professionals. (News Release, PDF File, 86 KB) Visual Resource Management
2016 August RESOLUTION: ABCFP members approve growth and yield cooperative
ABCFP members approved a Business Resolution from the 2016 AGM calling on the Association to advocate for the creation of a provincial Growth and Yield Cooperative, a self-governing, independently-funded co-operative with membership from government, licensees, educational institutions, and consultants. The vote was 82 per cent in favour with 18 per cent opposed. The motion was prompted by concern that the province lacked accurate information on the current state and growth of BC’s forests and that additional resources are required to collect, catalogue, and analyze that data.
Growth and Yield
2015 Spring STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT: The ABCFP visited the work associated with the LNG pipeline corridor, spoke with professionals involved in the development and with various contract companies undertaking the work. Oil and Gas
2015 April  NEWS ARTICLE: ABCFP Responds to Globe and Mail Story
Globe and Mail article: Race is on to Save Fraser Valley`s Bald Eagles.
ABCFP Response. (PDF File, 251 KB)
Backgrounder: Land Management Near Echo Lake, BC. (PDF File, 450 KB)
Wildlife Habitat Management
2014 Winter UPDATE: The ABCFP began to work on the impacts of Energy development projects on forest land and resources with an emphasis on the cumulative impacts on the forest resources. Oil and Gas
2014 Fall STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT: The ABCFP council met in Fort St John to visit the various activities associated with energy development and to speak with ABCFP members regarding their practice in this area. Oil and Gas
2014 July NEWS RELEASE: The ABCFP, Association of Professional Biology, College of Applied Biology, and Planning Institute of British Columbia released a joint statement recognizing that climate change is occurring and it has fundamental impacts on British Columbia`s communities and ecosystems.
Read the full statement and backgrounder on the News & News Release Page. 
Climate Change
2014 Spring STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT: The ABCFP provided advice to government, various ministries, the Oil and Gas Commission, Oil and Gas Associations, and others regarding the need to consider the forest as a BC resource that should not be wasted. Oil and Gas
2014 January POSITION PAPER: ABCFP Climate Change Position Paper 2014. Climate Change
2013 September POLICY: The ABCFP and APEGBC reiterate the idea of professional reliance and seek to participate as stakeholders in the 2013-2014 BC Government Core Review.
Letter to the Honourable Bill Bennett - Re: 2013-2014 BC Government Core Review.
Professional Reliance
2013 Summer UPDATE: The ABCFP focused work on fibre utilization from Oil and Gas projects since a primary concern was the burning of the full forest in piles. A consultant was hired to investigate burning of forest wood and to test the economic viability of the wood. Oil and Gas
2013 June NEWS RELEASE: ABCFP Responds to the Forest Practices Board Bulletin Professional Reliance in BC Forests.
Forest Practices Board - Board Bulletin, Volume 14: Professional Reliance in BC Forests: Is it really the issue?
Professional Reliance
2012   October COMMITTEE: The ABCFP established a Climate Change Task Force (CCTF) in response to concerns from members and an advisory resolution presented of the 2012 AGM in Victoria. The primary purpose of the CCTF is to act as a team of "expert advisors" helping the CEO to achieve the stewardship advocacy goals and objectives set out in the association's strategic plan.  Climate Change 
2012  August  STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT: Representatives from the association attended all of the public hearings initiated by the Special Committee on Timber Supply and met with senior bureaucrats and elected officials to discuss the issues of mid-term timber supply and forest inventory. As a result of those meetings, we have been invited to contribute to the discussion on tenure reform - one of the recommendations of the Special Committee.  Forest Inventory and Mid-Term Timber Supply 
2012 Summer STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT: The president and CEO travelled to the Peace to meet with people concerned about activities on forest land from the Oil and Gas sector. The meetings included ABCFP members, First Nations, forest tenure holders, oil companies, gas companies, transmission companies, etc. The three major areas of concern included: forest management not being done by forest professionals; forest stewardship taking a backseat to quick resource extraction; backlog of abandoned well sites in need of reclamation as well as the appropriateness of the reclamation that was taking place. Oil and Gas
2012  May VIDEO: ABCFP releases a video on mid-term timber supply.
Forest Inventory and Mid-Term Timber Supply 
2012   March  VIDEO: ABCFP releases a video on forest inventory.
Forest Inventory and Mid-Term Timber Supply 
2012  February   NEWS RELEASE: The ABCFP's updated information on the progress by communities in BC to address "at risk" interface areas through the development of CWPPs, related prescriptions, and fuel reduction treatment. (Feb 15, 2012 Increment)  Fire Management 
2012 February  REPORT: ABCFP staff and volunteer Ian Moss, RPF, put together two documents that serve as an update to the original inventory paper called Assessment of the Status of the Forest Inventory in British Columbia that was produced in 2006. The documents include a full report and a public review. The ABCFP provided the reports to Chief Forester Jim Snetsinger, RPF.
Assessment of the State of Forest Inventories in British Columbia: An Update to the 2006 ABCFP Review.
Public Overview - Assessment of the Status of Forest Inventories in British Columbia: An Update to the 2006 ABCFP Review.
Technical Background Information - A Progress Report on the 2006 ABCFP Status of Forest Inventory Recommendations: Detailed Findings and Comments
Forest Inventory and Mid-Term Timber Supply 
2012  February STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT: ABCFP senior staff and council executive attend meetings with senior government officials in order to share our position and influence policy directions on priority stewardship issues including forest inventory. The efforts of the association were evident in that Minister Thomson announced at the ABCFP AGM on February 2012, that new funds would be allocated to areas outlined in ABCFP's release inventory report.  Forest Inventory and Mid-Term Timber Supply 
2012    STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT: ABCFP senior staff and council executive attended close to 10 meetings with senior government officials in order to share our position and influence policy directions on priority stewardship issues such as forest inventory, mid-term timber supply and professional reliance.   Forest Policy 
2011   November   REPORT: We researched and wrote a discussion paper on mid-term timber supply and provided it to the Chief Forester to inform his analyses into mid-term timber supply.
Mid-Term Timber Supply Report. (amended January 24, 2012)
Mid-Term Timber Supply Advocacy Report. (amended January 24, 2012) 
Forest Inventory and Mid-Term Timber Supply 
2011  November  POLICY: Due to the ministry's move towards cruise-based timber sales, CEO Sharon L. Glover, MBA; Mike Larock, RPF, director of professional practice and forest stewardship; ABCFP's legal counsel and FLNRO staff, spent time on changes to the Foresters Act. In November, the Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Statutes Amendment Act, 2011 (Bill 6) received Royal Assent and became law.  Forest Policy 
2011 August UPDATE: A consultant looked at reclamation and remediation work being done in the Oil and Gas sector to determine if it was part of the practice of professional forestry. The consultant concluded that some reclamation and remediation work definitely fell into the practice of professional forestry. Oil and Gas
2011   July   NEWS RELEASE: The ABCFP's consolidated information based on the data provided by the government's Wildfire Management Branch to summarize the progress by communities in BC to address "at risk" interface areas through the development of CWPPs, related prescriptions, and fuel reduction treatment. (Increment)  Fire Management 
2011 April  NEWS ARTICLE: Article written by ABCFP CEO, Sharon Glover, published in the Vancouver Sun.
Forests Require Flexible Management; It's Unfair to Blame Provincial Legislation for Environmental Problems. (PDF File, 716 KB)
Forest Management Model
2011  January  REPORT: The association developed an action plan for engaging employers and members to ensure that professional reliance is consistently applied. The report, Assessing Professional Reliance in the Forest Sector: Improving Professional Reliance, was originally drafted to brief the Chief Forester and ministry executive on professional reliance in the Forest and Range Practices Act Professional Reliance 
2010   October  NEWS RELEASE: A number of articles were published on the topic of reforestation activities in BC. These articles specifically discuss the amount of forest land in the province that is currently identified as Not Satisfactorily Restocked (NSR). Most, but not all, of these articles identify concern about the status of reforestation in BC and some relate this issue to matters of particular interest to the ABCFP in its role as regulator of professional forestry practice in BC.
Read the ABCFP's response to this issue.
NSR in BC: Fact and Friction
Reforestation (Not Satisfactorily Restocked) 
2010 June  NEWS RELEASE: The BC Government and Service Employees`Union (BCGEU) released an opt-ed article regarding the crisis in BC forestry. Read ABCFP`s response to their article.
ABCFP Response to BCGEU Op-Ed.
Professional Reliance
2010 March  MEMBER LETTER: ABCFP released letter to members regarding current challenges in the forest sector.
If you have worked in forestry for more than a couple of years, you know that our sector is cyclical and change is always upon us. (PDF File, 176 KB)
Professional Reliance
2010 May  STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT: Past President Jonathan Lok, RFT; councillor Steve Lorimer, RPF; and CEO Sharon Glover met with George Abbott, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation. They discussed the AAC determination that is part of the Haida Gwaii Reconciliation Act. The ABCFP group reminded the minister that setting the AAC is part of the practice of professional forestry. The minister responded by asking the ABCFP to provide him with a recommendation on who should sit on the management council that will work on a number of issues including the AAC determination. Forest Policy
2010 May  STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT: The ABCFP met with Deputy Minister Dana Hayden in Vancouver to discuss professional reliance issues. Professional Reliance
2008 June POSITION PAPER: ABCFP Position Statements. (Stewardship Planning) Climate Change
2005 July  POLICY: WorkSafeBC approved amendments to Occupational Health and Safety Regulations due in part to advocacy work by the association, specifically, Mike Larock, RPF, director of professional practice and forest stewardship; and Jackie Hipwell, RFT, resource associate. In these revised regulations, Registered Forest Technologists are now included in the definition of a Qualified Registered Professional (QRP) and QRPs are now included in the definition of Qualified Avalanche Planner for the purposes of conducting forestry operations. Forest Safety