Advocacy

Part of the mandate of the ABCFP is to advocate for good forest stewardship. This page provides information about the association's advocacy activities.

Advocacy Areas

Challenges in the Forest Sector Forest Policy Oil and Gas
Forest Inventory and Mid-Term Timber Supply Reforestation (Not Satisfactorily Restocked) Growth and Yield
Professional Reliance WorkSafeBC Regulations
Climate Change Fire Management  

 

Challenges in the Forest Sector
September 2016 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

April 2015

ABCFP Responds to Globe and Mail Story
Globe and Mail Article: Race is on to save Fraser Valley's bald eagles
ABCFP Response
Backgrounder: Land Management Near Echo Lake, BC

April 2011

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

June 2010

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) released an op-ed article regarding crisis in BC forestry. Read ABCFP's response to the article below.
ABCFP Response to BCGEU Op-Ed

March 2010

If you've worked in forestry for more than a couple of years, you know that our sector is cyclical and change is always upon us. The association has released a letter to members regarding current challenges in the forest sector.

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Climate Change

July 2014

The ABCFP, Association of Professional Biology, College of Applied Biology, and Planning Institute of British Columbia release 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 Releases page.

October 2012

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.

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Fire Management

February 2012

The ABCFP 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 treatments.

July 2011

The ABCFP consolidated information based on 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 treatments.

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Forest Inventory and Mid-Term Timber Supply

August 2012

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.
Mid-Term Timber Supply

May 2012

ABCFP releases a video on mid-term timber supply

April 2012

The association launched a new web page to help non-forest professionals learn more about the mid-term timber supply situation.
Mid-Term Timber Supply

March 2012

ABCFP releases a video on forest inventory

February 2012

ABCFP senior staff and council executive attended 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 24, 2012, that new funds would be allocated to areas outlined in ABCFP's released inventory report.

February 2012

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 overview. 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

November 2011

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)

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Forest Policy

2012

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.

November 2011

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, theForests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Statutes Amendment Act, 2011 (Bill 6) received Royal Assent and became law.

May 2010

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.

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Growth and Yield

June 2017

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 FLNRO staff on future opportunities for collaboration on growth and yield.

February 2017

ABCFP hosts 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.

September 2016

ABCFP Council approved the establishment of a committee.
The Growth and Yield Coop Advocacy Team is established to assist with the advocacy effort.

August 2016

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.

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Oil and Gas

Spring 2015

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.

Winter 2014

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.

Fall 2014

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.

Spring 2014

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.

Summer 2013

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.

Summer 2012

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

August 2011

A consultant looked 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.

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Professional Reliance
July 2017 Example of Professional Reliance at Work: Forest Stewardship Plan

A major development project for an area of forest land will be a concern for several forest resource rights holders (forest tenure holders, licensed trapper, recreation lease), regional recreation users, and a regional district government. The planning process is led by a forest professional working for the primary forest tenure holder and will involve the coordination of work by several forest professionals and other resource professionals, all of whom have different skill sets. The sharing of the information between professionals, the scheduling of the work, the implementation of the project, and monitoring of outcomes is essential to achieve the project goals.

July 2017

Example of Professional Reliance at Work: Peer Review
A forest professional prepares a forest harvesting prescription for an area. Prior to submitting the harvest prescription for implementation, the forest professional arranges for the prescription to be peer reviewed by another qualified professional.

June 2017

Released a short video explaining what is professional reliance in the forestry sector.

September 2013

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

June 2013

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?

January 2011

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.

May 2010

The ABCFP met with Deputy Minister Dana Hayden in Vancouver to discuss professional reliance issues.

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Reforestation (Not Satisfactorily Restocked)

October 2010

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

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WorkSafeBC Regulations

2010

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.

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