In simplest terms, the Foresters Act defines the practise of professional forestry, stipulates that one must be a member of the ABCFP to engage in the practice of professional forestry, establishes the ABCFP, charges it with the administration of the Foresters Act and vests all authority to govern the association in its council. Only the government of BC can make changes to the Foresters Act.
A draft 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.
The latest update is the Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Statutes Amendment Act, 2011 (Bill 6), which received Royal Assent and became law in 2011. This new act contains a number of changes to the Forest Act and Foresters Act as well as other acts.The government made four significant changes to the Foresters Act that affect the ABCFP and its members.
- Allowing timber cruisers to practise independently
- Granting the ABCFP the ability to establish and administer certification schemes
- Membership dues and other necessary fees are set by council resolution
- The ABCFP has the ability to set quality assurance programs around continuing competency
There are numerous other changes to the Foresters Act that include:
- Wording changes for consistency, and
- Providing the association with the necessary tools to ensure labour mobility requirements can be transacted in BC.
If you have any questions about the Foresters Act, contact the registrar and director of act compliance.