The Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations' public review period on the proposed 2015 Land Use Objective Regulation Order for the Great Bear Rainforest has now ended. This information is available for information purposes only.
The proposed Order includes three main elements:
The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is proposing to cancel the 2007 South Central Coast Order and Central and North Coast Order, and all of their amendments (2009 and 2013), and replace these with the proposed 2015 Great Bear Rainforest land use order. The proposed 2015 Great Bear Rainforest Order will legally establish land use objectives that must be adhered to by all major forest licence holders operating in the Great Bear Rainforest pursuant to Section 93.4 of the Land Act for the purposes of the Forest and Range Practices Act.
The proposed 2015 Great Bear Rainforest Order sets forest management requirements within the 6.4 million hectares of the Great Bear Rainforest (see schedule A in the proposed Order). The proposed Order addresses First Nations cultural heritage resources, freshwater ecosystems, landscape and stand level biodiversity and wildlife.
The Ministry is also considering the establishment of up to eight new BMTAs under the Environment and Land Use Act. For King Island the Ministry is looking at the possibility of establishing a conservancy under the Park Act instead of a BMTA. The potential BMTAs/conservancy cover approximately 295,000 hectares of Crown land in the Great Bear Rainforest. The designations would only apply to provincial Crown land.
Areas designated as BMTAs prohibit commercial logging and hydro-electric power generation linked to the power grid; other resource activities and land uses remain subject to existing legal requirements. Areas designated as conservancies explicitly recognize the importance of the area to First Nations for social, ceremonial and cultural uses. Conservancies provide for a wider range of low impact compatible economic opportunities than Class A parks, however, commercial logging, mining, and hydro-electric power generation, other than local run-of-river projects, are prohibited
Together the proposed 2015 Great Bear Rainforest Order and potential BMTAs/conservancy will maintain high levels of old forest representation (i.e. 70% of the range of natural variation), with some minor exceptions, while maintaining a viable forest industry in the Great Bear Rainforest.
For more information about the 2007 South Central Coast and Central and North Coast Orders that were amended in 2009 and 2013, the 21 BMTAs that were established in 2009, and the implementation of Ecosystem Based Management in the Great Bear Rainforest visit the Coast Land Use Decision Implementation website