|2003/04 – 2005/06 SERVICE
Ministry of Forests
Appendix 1 — Legislation
The main statutes for which the Forest Service has responsibility,
and the expected changes in the Service Plan period, are as follows:
Forest and Range Practices Act and Forest Practices
Code Act of BC
In November 2002, the Forest and Range Practices Act
was introduced. By 2005, this act will completely replace the Forest
Practices Code Act of British Columbia. A series of regulations
will provide for the transition between the two statutes. The new
Act is intended to be less process oriented and more results specific.
Both Acts enable the Forest Service to:
- establish stewardship standards for forest and range practices,
- ensure that the legislated requirements for sustainable forest
practices are followed,
- meet the requirements for higher-level plan objectives established
through strategic planning, and
- carry out compliance and enforcement activities to ensure stewardship
standards are met.
The Forest Act provides the Forest Service with the
- Determine an allowable annual cut for Crown land in each timber
supply area and for each tree farm licence, woodlot licence and
community forest agreement area.
- Enter into and administer agreements that authorise:
— timber harvesting, generating revenue to the government,
— road construction, maintenance or use.
The major changes in the strategic direction of the Forest Service
being incorporated into the Forest Act during the
three-year Service Plan period, are:
- Move to defined forest area management;
- Implement a market-based pricing system to generate appropriate
revenues to the government;
- Make the BC Timber Sales Program more effective and put it on
a commercial footing.
Ministry of Forests Act
The Ministry of Forests Act is continued with minor
amendments. This Act continues the Forest Service and provides it
with a broad and general mandate to:
- encourage maximum resource productivity,
- manage resources responsibly to achieve the greatest short-
and long-term social benefits,
- practise planned, integrated resource management and use,
- encourage a globally competitive forest industry, and
- assert the financial interest of the government.
The Range Act authorizes the Forest Service to allocate
and administer the use of range resources by the livestock industry
through grazing and hay-cutting agreements that provide revenue
to the government.
The Range Act is continued with minor amendments.
Wildland Fire Act
By January 2004 a new Wildland Fire Act will replace the protection
provisions currently in the Forest Practices Code of BC.
The new Act and regulations will be more results-based while providing
greater regulatory freedom for the forest industry. The new Act
will still ensure that government retains the authority to fight
any fire that threatens forest resources and to restrict access,
limit operations and requisition equipment and personnel in the
event of significant fire activity.