VANCOUVER, BC, Canada, February 2013 : Recently, news has surfaced that BC’s provincial government is planning on introducing a forestry bill that would give private logging companies much more control over our public forest land in British Columbia—a bill that’s been described by experts as a massive “forest giveaway”.
The legislation would essentially make crown forest land more like private land in terms of management and logging rights. Click here to read a recent op-ed about this issue from The Province newspaper, written by Ben Parfitt of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).
Given the history of ecological destruction and unsustainable practices on privatized forest land in BC, the idea of handing over more control of crown land to private companies is unacceptable.
The accountability, oversight, and long-term vision needed to create environmentally and economically sustainable forestry in BC is only possible in strongly regulated, publicly-managed forests. Any legislation that shifts control of the province’s vital forest resources from public to private hands - especially without proper public consultation - is not in BC’s best interest.
Giving more control to the big logging companies would make it more difficult and expensive to protect endangered species, create new protected areas, conserve public drinking water sources, or honourably resolve the issue of Aboriginal rights and title – all critically important public initiatives we need to complete.
Public input will be essential in stopping this very dangerous privatization legislation, as well as in improving future forest policy. Right now is a critical time to let our provincial leaders know that British Columbians want to keep the province’s crown forest lands in public hands.
That’s why we're asking you to write to the BC government today, urging them NOT to change BC’s forestry laws to give more control to private logging companies.
The BC government has a responsibility to protect the province's forest resources - not give them away to corporate interests. Write your letter now!
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