|2002/03 Annual Service
Ministry of Forests
am pleased to present this annual report, which captures the progress
made by the Ministry of Forests in the second year of its five-year
service plan — progress towards creating a climate in which
B.C.'s forest sector can revitalize itself.
Naturally, creating a climate that fosters innovation and reinvestment
is a long-term endeavour but a start has been made. In November
2002, I introduced the new Forest and Range Practices Act,
which places its focus on results, not paperwork. The new Act will
embrace the world-leading sustainable forestry practices that the
province has become renowned for.
In March 2003, I introduced the Forestry Revitalization Plan. Through
re-allocating tenure, government is opening up new opportunities
for communities, First Nations, value-added and other innovative
operators to enter the forest sector. Connected closely is the work
done to update a regulatory regime that helped build B.C.'s forest
sector, but which no longer works in a world that has changed, where
being globally competitive is the only way to create certainty and
opportunities for heartlands communities. We are sure of our ability
to succeed in this changing world market, and have invested in a
comprehensive plan to secure traditional and new markets.
As stewards of the public forests we will continue to work together
with the people of British Columbia to ensure not only that we have
forests for future generations, but, also, that the benefits of
this resource accrue to all citizens.
Honourable Michael de Jong