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Government "Regulations"

The "Friends of Egmont" is comprised of lay people who will not attempt to explain the Codes that govern forestry on private and tenured lands in this province. We will say that whomever we spoke to whether it be a government official or a non-government organization representative the message was the same: " it is private land and they can do as they please."

That being said, those who log their private land are "supposed to" take actions that will:

  • Protect water quality and fish habitat
  • Conserve soil, especially in sensitive terrain
  • Recognize and protect critical wildlife habitat
  • Grow trees

But, no inspector will visit to ensure these four critical areas are addressed unless there is a formal complaint lodged that the owners have failed to do any or all of the above.

For those who own private "managed forests," an organization called The Private Forest Landowners Association (PFLA) exists but membership is voluntary. The association operates for "owners [who] make a long-term commitment to their private forest land through investment, innovative silvi-culture and harvesting practices, and reforestation."

We know that at this time Pacific North Woods Resources Ltd is not a member of the PFLA. We know that PNR applied for a Managed Forest Licence on July 28, 2003. We do not know if application #320 passed the review committee. However, in a recent news article, Mr. Malloch says "we are a managed forest;" therefore, we assume the application passed. If so, PNR's land will appear on the province's tax roll as of January, 2004. The benefit for PNR for becoming a "managed forest" is reduced taxes on its lands.

What is PNR required to do for these reduced taxes? In addition to meeting the four environmental issues above, they must submit a declaration on or before May 1 of each year that contains the following information for the preceding operating season:

  • The location and size of areas where timber was harvested;
  • The location and size of areas where timber was destroyed and the cause or probable cause of the destruction;
  • The location and approximate length of roads constructed;
  • Any other information prescribed by the council.

Also, who will insure the information they supply is accurate? No one. Under changes to the Forestry Practices Code passed into law in November, 2003 the forestry industry becomes self-policing unless formal complaints are launched.

--=(For new information regarding the status of Pacific Northwoods Resources Ltd.'s holdings or changes to Government Regulations turn to the Provincial in the forum)=--

For anyone interested in gaining a greater understanding of the coming changes to forestry in British Columbia this website is recommended: http://www.resultsbasedcode.ca

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