Stewardship Activities

The ABCFP’s activities in stewardship aim to: improve and inspire confidence in the profession and its registrants to help steward BC’s forests; extend public knowledge of professional forest management practice; and to promote truthful and accurate statements on forestry matters. 

The ABCFP serves the public interest in the practice of professional forestry.  The ABCFP does not advocate for registrant-based interests, and does not advocate to influence government policy in the furtherance of the interests of its registrants or any corporate entity. 

Year Month Description Stewardship Topic
2022 July Field Verification of Priority Old Forest Deferral Areas: Technical Guidance, Ministry of Forests
Old Forest Deferral Areas
2021 August COLUMN: Let’s Take a Deep Breath About the Old Growth Technical Panel, by Christine Gelowitz, RPF, ABCFP CEO,  profiled in Tree Frog News Service.  Old Growth Management 
2021 August PANEL: The Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) and College of Applied Biology (CAB) have agreed to establish a joint regulatory panel about forestry environment practice.
Forestry and Environmental Protection, Professional Practice and Competency Standards
2020 December LETTER: The Forest Practices Board acknowledges the actions of the ABCFP to strengthen professional practice guidance in crossings. Bridge Planning, Design, and Construction
2020 November LETTER: The ABCFP supports establishment of Wildland Fire Ecology and Management Certificate program (WFEM) at UBC Okanagan. Wildland Fires
2020 October LETTER: The ABCFP's response to Forest Practices Board's follow-up Investigation of Bridge Planning, Design and Construction on April 2020 Bridge Planning, Design, and Construction
2020 October SURVEY: The ABCFP releases the results of the 2020 Forest Stewardship Survey  (input from registrants)  Survey; Registrant Engagement
2020 January SUBMISSION: ABCFP old growth strategic review response to public engagement Old Growth Management
2019 October SUBMISSION: ABCFP submission for the Interior Forest Sector Renewal Policy - Response to Public Engagement, October 2019 Forest Management Model
2019 July SUBMISSION: ABCFP PMFL submission to the BC government review of the Private Managed Forest Land Act. Private Forest Management
2019 July SUBMISSION: ABCFP FRPA submission to the BC government review of the Forest and Range Practices Act. Forest Management Model
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