|2003/04 – 2005/06 SERVICE
Ministry of Forests
yearís introduction of the Forest and Range Practices Act
represented a significant milestone in this governmentís efforts
to revitalize the forest sector and, with it, British Columbiaís
The new Act provides for high environmental standards and for government
to strongly enforce those standards. And by reducing unnecessary
regulations and shifting the focus from paperwork to protection,
the Act will also allow industry to operate more efficiently and
The new Act is a hugely important part of our plan to build a leading-edge,
globally competitive forest industry, but itís not the only part.
And thatís why, this year, weíll move forward on many other initiatives
to strengthen the forest sector — plans that, over the longer-term,
will help maintain jobs and generate revenue to support priorities
such as health care and education.
Meeting our goals will require profound, fundamental change to
the provinceís forest policy framework. And they will require considerable
work and commitment on the part of everybody, including ministry
Iíve said before that these changes will not be easy in the short
term. But I am committed to working with stakeholders to ensure
that, over the longer term, they are successfully implemented, and
that they benefit those who own 95 per cent of British Columbiaís
forests: the people of B.C.
Honourable Michael de Jong