Ministry of Forests Annual Report 1994/95


Ministry of Forests Annual Report 1994/95 Table of Contents

The Ministry

Legislative authority

The mandate of the Forest Service, as stated in section 4 of the Ministry of Forests Act, is to:

In addition, the Forest Service is required under the preamble to the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act to manage the forest and range resource to ensure sustainable use, which includes:

The main responsibilities and authorities of the Forest Service are defined in the following provincial legislation:

In addition, the following legislation is under the responsibility of the Minister of Forests, but is not directly administered by the Forest Service:

The Forest Service also has administrative responsibilities under:


Mandate implementation

To implement its mandate, the Forest Service:

Integrated resource management is a process that:

To achieve integrated resource management, the Forest Service:


Guiding principles

As stewards of the province's forest and range resources, the Forest Service follows these principles:


Reports

The Ministry of Forests Act requires the Forest Service to prepare:


Ministry reorganization

When the Ministry of Forests Act (1979) was introduced, one of the ministry's goals was to supply timber to develop and maintain the province's timber-based economy. While its legal mandate has not changed, its organizational structure has changed significantly, reflecting changes in government, public priorities, and ministry expectations.

The Ministry of Forests Report on Reorganization, released early in 1994, was the ministry's response to changing public demands, environmental concerns, changing market expectations, and new legislation - particularly the Forest Practices Code.

Foremost among the report's recommendations was a realignment of divisional responsibilities to streamline and prevent duplication between line and staff functions, and to deliver services more efficiently. Other recommendations addressed accountability at branch, region and district levels, and the need to increase the level of resources devoted to land management. During the reorganization, more than 200 full-time equivalents (FTEs) and associated financial resources were reallocated to the districts from headquarters and regional offices.

Structural and functional details included:

New reporting relationships are shown in detail in the ministry organizational diagram on pages 22 and 23.

An integral part of the implementation and maintenance of the Forest Practices Code, the ministry reorganization will be completed by December 31, 1995.


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