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10th January 2019
EDITORS NOTE: I have attached a document below this article that arrived in my in box from a different source.

The Province has issued a notice

advising that a multi-year initiative is underway to make improvements to the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA) legal framework. Initial improvements will begin in early 2019, and continue over several years. This notice was sent to the Union of BC Municipalities, however similar notices were provided to other members of the Forest and Range Practices Advisory Committee.

What is the Forest and Range Practices Advisory Committee? The Forest & Range Practices Advisory Council (PAC) provides advice to improve British Columbia’s administration and management of forest and range resources. PAC periodically reviews and evaluates the requirements of FRPA and provides recommendations.

Recognizing that the FRPA is almost 20 years old, the Office of the Chief Forester and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD) indicated that the initiative is in response to the changes on the land base and in response to views and concerns of many interested groups, including UBCM members.

Anecdotally we have been told that the goals of the Forest and Range Practices Act are being worked on. The committee has met once and had 3 phone calls and are close to finalizing the reworked goals. This will then be provided to the Minister for his action. Again, there is no written confirmation, however these are the topics that we are told have been discussed in regard to this process: wanting to put the community back into forestry, ensuring long term/land based sustainable communities (note the holistic reference), tenures, appurtency, etc.