We’re making sure our voices are heard. The BC government sought input earlier this month on two pieces of legislation affecting our forests, and EcoSociety signed two submissions along with a group of like-minded stakeholders. 

Improving the Forest and Range Practices Act

The first submission was a review of the Forest and Range Practices Act that governs the management of BC’s public forests and range land. West Kootenay EcoSociety was one of 28 signatories on a stakeholder submission, and Rachel Holt, a member of our conservation committee, helped write the document. 

The solutions in the submission include modernizing “the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA) to ensure operational planning and forest practices maintain and where necessary restore healthy, fully functioning forest ecosystems that support ecological, cultural and community resiliency.”

This speaks to climate change, water quality issues, planning and ensuring public trust in the management system.

Others signing the submission include Glade Watershed Protection Society, Ymir Community Watershed Society, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society, BC Chapter, Wildsight and more than 20 other BC groups.

Read the full submission here.

Making private managed forests accountable

The second submission is a response to public consultation on the Private Managed Forest Land Program to encourage sustainable forest management practices on private land. EcoSociety is one of seven signatories on this submission, which discusses important improvements to forest management such as:

  • First Nations and local government’s role in land management
  • Public consultation
  • Protecting wildlife habitat and biodiversity
  • Protecting water resources

Read the full submission here.

Protecting wild places, ecosystems, air and water for now and future generations is central to our way of life in the Kootenays.