B.C. government hasn’t fulfilled promise to revise forestry practices, conservationists say

In September 2020, the B.C. NDP released a report that made 14 recommendations to overhaul forestry management in the province and promised to implement those changes within a three-year timeline.

This week marks the third anniversary of that announcement, and while the government says it is making good on its promise, critics say the deadline has passed and not enough has been done.

The 2020 report A New Future for Old Forests was prepared by Garry Merkel, a natural resource expert and member of the Tahltan Nation, along with Al Gorley, a former chair of the Forest Practices Board.

Its recommendations include engaging Indigenous leaders on forestry policies, increased transparency about forest conditions, and

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