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Forest Inventory Program to be reviewed – Government of BC

Press Release

Feb. 23, 2018

VICTORIA – The Province’s Forest Inventory Program will be reviewed to ensure it accurately reflects the changed nature of British Columbia’s forests over the last few years, Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson announced today.

He made the announcement at the Association of B.C. Forest Professionals Conference.

“We have a robust forest inventory program, but it’s been 10 years since the program was last reviewed, and since that time, we’ve seen significant changes to our forests, most notably from the mountain pine beetle epidemic and wildfires,” Donaldson said. “Having a reliable inventory is important to garner public trust in how we manage our public forests.”

A five-member panel will be conducting the review and submit its report with recommendations, by Sept. 30, 2018.

The panel will examine the forest inventory program model and will provide strategic direction, given changing technologies and the impact of these changes on multiple users. It will explore B.C.’s current forest inventory in depth, and will interview individuals both within and outside government who:

  • collect information for growth and yield models; and
  • support forest stewardship decisions, such as determining allowable annual cuts, landscape planning, wildlife management, prepare forest stewardship plans and make investment decisions in B.C.’s forests.

“An accurate forest inventory is essential for forest professionals to make sound decisions to sustainably manage B.C.’s forests. Our members passed a resolution in 2016 asking us to advocate for improved growth and yield data so we are pleased and supportive the government is taking this action,” said Christine Gelowitz, Association of B.C. Forest Professionals’ CEO.

Panel members include Clark Binkley, Bill Bourgeois, Valerie Lemay, Ian Moss and Nick Reynolds. Each member brings a unique perspective – from education and research, to First Nations engagement, user requirements, use evaluation and information collection.

A backgrounder follows.

Contact:

Media Relations
Ministry of Forests, Lands,
Natural Resource Operations
and Rural Development
250 356-7506


BACKGROUNDER

Feb. 23, 2018

Forest Industry Program Review: Panel members

Clark Binkley, PhD
Managing director and chief investment officer, GreenWood Resources, Inc.

Binkley was recently a chief strategist of GreenWood Resources, Inc. where he specialized in the acquisition and stewardship of forestry assets. He has also held executive positions with International Forestry Investment Advisors, which he founded, and Hancock Timber Resource Group.

Binkley has also served as dean of the faculty of forestry at the University of British Columbia. He was also a member of faculty at Yale University where he was named the Frederick K. Weyerhaeuser professor of forest resource management.

Additionally, he has served on the boards of directors of West Fraser Timber Ltd., Timberwest, Pacific Forest Products and Cellfor.

In the past 30 years, he has consulted to numerous forest products companies, governmental agencies and conservation groups. Binkley has written more than 100 books and articles on forest economics, and is widely known for his research on timberland investments.

Bill Bourgeois, PhD
President, New Direction Resource Management Ltd.

Bourgeois invested over 40 years in improving forest land management in B.C. During this time, Bourgeois has been a research scientist and held leadership and executive roles with the federal government, MacMillan Bloedel, the Commission on Resources and Environment, Lignum Ltd. and Riverside Forest Products Ltd., in addition to being a private consultant.

Bourgeois has been involved with a number of new land use and forest management initiatives in B.C., Canada and internationally, such as the UN Convention on Biodiversity Conservation and the Innovative Forestry Practices Agreement legislation.

Bourgeois has received numerous distinctions from industry and his peers for his strategic and innovative thinking. He has also been recognized as one of the top 50 innovators in BC.

He consults on strategic issues relative to forest policy, programs and forest resources sustainability through his company New Direction Resource Management Ltd.

Valerie M. LeMay, PhD
Professor of forest biometrics and forest measurements, University of British Columbia

A professor in the University of British Columbia’s faculty of forestry, LeMay has dedicated over 40 years to research and continuing education. Her specific areas of interest include biometrics, forest measurements, modelling, sampling design and stand dynamics.

LeMay has won numerous teaching awards and has received appointments as an adjunct professor at the Beijing Forestry University, Laval University and the University of Quebec.

Ian Moss, PhD
Adjunct professor, faculty of forestry, University of British Columbia

Moss has been a practising professional forester in British Columbia after graduating from the University of British Columbia in 1979.

His research interests are focused on improving methods of imputation, developing more precise and accurate inventories, particularly with reference to complex stand conditions, and using this information to improve forest estate planning and practices.

Nick Reynolds
Principal at Sangan Environmental Services

Reynolds’s works towards creative solutions that bridge respectful resource use and community well-being in the context of sustainable forest management. Linking applied ecology, policy development, economics and governance, projects emphasize technical but value-driven solutions that put the land first.

Projects have included land use planning and implementation on Haida Gwaii, timber supply analysis, forest ecology sampling and monitoring, forest carbon accounting, GIS analysis and mapping support, and third-party forest management certification.

Reynolds’s contributions are based upon more than 20 years of experience in the forest sector and a master’s degree in sustainable forest management from the University of British Columbia. Reynolds is a registered professional forester in B.C.

Contact:

Media Relations
Ministry of Forests, Lands,
Natural Resource Operations
and Rural Development
250 356-7506

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