4. How could free-to-grow regulations and other silvicultural policies be changed to promote resilient and valuable forests?


        

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How could free-to-grow regulations and other silvicultural policies be changed to promote resilient and valuable forests?

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  1. The unintended consequences of the free growing regulation is a very efficient approach to regeneration silviculture with very little consideration to mid rotation risk or timber quality. The result is a silviculture practice focussed on regeneration. We need a revised definition of silviculture in BC to incorporate the full scope of the practice and an emphasis on risk management.

    1. Agreed. If volume based tenures are to prevail, then perhaps the ministry should have some level of accountability to manage risk and value in mid rotation stands. After all, it would be a further investment into the future value of our forest industry.

  2. Three words…..tenure, tenure and tenure. As long as companies have no long term attachment to the site they will default to short shrift as a matter of policy.

  3. I believe that the silviculture obligations belong to Society. That is all of us. Society has a duty to ensure there are forests for future generations. We have obligated tenure holders with this duty and it has been managed on at a half hearted level. It has been called the cost of doing business, the major tenure holders always lobby to keep the costs based on short term tests. If we agree that Society owns the forests, and we pass the obligation on where costs minimized due to a short term perspective then why are we always surprised when the result is inadequate. I think the cost for silviculture should be added into the Stumpage cost then managed by private businesses.

  4. A new approach to forest tenure is needed, to get the incentives in the right place. A distinction between ownership and use is necessary. Unearned increments in value would accrue to the landowner ( i.e. the crown). Earned increments in value would accrue to the practitioners ( licensees etc) conducting these valuable operational practices.

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