Privatized Public Forests and How to Change the Story

November 26, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Zoom online webinar

Herb is a Registered Forest Professional and forest ecologist with 40 years of experience in research, industry, teaching and consulting. Herb has developed more than 25 ecosystem-based conservation plans across Canada and in other parts of the world. Herb is an award-winning author and is currently working two book projects. One is about forests and our place in them, and Herb is looking to jointly develop the book with Indigenous partnerships.

Forestry as practiced in BC is more about forest destruction than about forest protection.  Herb Hammond will provide an explanation of how the public forests of BC, which comprise 94% of the forest land, have been transformed from resilient, diverse ecosystems to degraded, homogeneous fibre farms.  The root of this problem rests with the privatization of these once public forests.  Herb will shed light on how privatization has occurred and offer a practical roadmap to get public forests back into public hands.  This shift will provide ecological, social, and economic benefits from the forests that sustain us.