Ministry of Forests Annual Report 1994/95
Ministry of Forests Annual Report 1994/95 Table of Contents
The mandate of the Forest Service, as stated in section 4 of the Ministry
of Forests Act, is to:
(a) encourage maximum productivity of the forest and range resources
in the Province,
(b) manage, protect and conserve the forest and range resources of
the Crown, having regard to the immediate and long term economic and social
benefits they may confer on the Province,
(c) plan the use of the forest and range resources of the Crown, so
that the production of timber and forage, the harvesting of timber, the
grazing of livestock and the realization of fisheries, wildlife, water,
outdoor recreation and other natural resource values are coordinated and
integrated, in consultation and cooperation with other ministries and agencies
of the Crown and with the private sector,
(d) encourage a vigorous, efficient and world-competitive timber processing
industry in the Province, and,
(e) assert the financial interest of the Crown in its forest and range
resources in a systematic and equitable manner.
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:
(a) managing forests to meet present needs without compromising the
needs of future generations,
(b) providing stewardship of forests based on an ethic of respect for
(c) balancing productive, spiritual, ecological and recreational values
of forests to meet the economic and cultural needs of peoples and communities,
including First Nations,
(d) conserving biological diversity, soil, water, fish, wildlife, scenic
diversity and other forest resources, and
(e) restoring damaged ecologies.
The main responsibilities and authorities of the Forest Service are
defined in the following provincial legislation:
- Ministry of Forests Act, Revised Statutes of B.C., 1979, Chapter
- Forest Act, Revised Statutes of B.C., 1979, Chapter 140
- Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act, Statutes of B.C., 1994,
- Range Act, Revised Statutes of B.C., 1979, Chapter 355
In addition, the following legislation is under the responsibility of
the Minister of Forests, but is not directly administered by the Forest
- British Columbia Forest Renewal Act, Statutes of B.C., 1994,
- Forest Land Reserve Act, Statutes of B.C., 1994, Chapter 40
- Foresters Act, Revised Statutes of B.C., 1979, Chapter 141
The Forest Service also has administrative responsibilities under:
- the Boom Chain Brand Act, Revised Statutes of B.C., 1979, Chapter
- the Forest Stand Management Fund Act, Revised Statutes of B.C.,
1986, Chapter 8
To implement its mandate, the Forest Service:
- provides mandatory provincial and regional requirements through legislation
for forest practices,
- provides site-specific guidance on the requirements of the Forest Practices
Code, and places those requirements in forest plans, prescriptions and
- monitors and enforces the requirements of the Forest Practices Code,
- works in partnership with other agencies to renew and revitalize the
province's forests, forest workers and forest-dependent communities,
- grows healthy, productive forests to meet the province's social and
- manages and protects Crown forest lands to ensure sustainable development
- timber for the forest industry
- forage for the livestock industry
- protection of non-timber values,
- provides forest recreation and manages wilderness values in provincial
- collects resource revenues from the Crown's forest and range resources
through stumpage, rents and fees,
- encourages value-added manufacturing,
- requires reforestation of Crown forest lands,
- conducts research in forest renewal, forest productivity and decision
aids, and integrated resource management,
- protects the province's forest and range resources from damage by fire,
forest insects and diseases,
- maintains a current and accurate inventory of forest and range values,
- consults with First Nations to ensure that aboriginal rights are not
infringed by forest management activities,
- works with First Nations and industry to increase the involvement of
aboriginal peoples in the forest sector,
- informs various audiences about the Forest Service's mandates, goals
and organization, and
- ensures the best balance of all resource values through integrated
Integrated resource management is a process that:
- identifies and considers all resource values,
- assigns resource use and management emphasis based on an evaluation
of land and resource management options developed from biophysical, social
and economic factors,
- is guided by the principles of sustainable use and resource stewardship,
- produces a picture of resource uses and priorities for large areas,
- selects the best uses for the present, and schedules resource use changes
To achieve integrated resource management, the Forest Service:
- fairly and equitably considers social, economic and environmental factors,
- ensures consistency in resource management between government agencies
by working cooperatively to deliver integrated resource management programs,
- works closely with the public to define land and resource use priorities.
As stewards of the province's forest and range resources, the Forest
Service follows these principles:
- We earn and maintain public trust and confidence through sound program
and fiscal management.
- We strive for the wise, balanced use and protection of all forest resources.
- Our employees are our most important asset.
- Employees are:
- trusted and respected,
- empowered and supported,
- recognized and consulted, and
- trained and developed.
- Our actions and decisions contribute to an equitable, safe, healthy
and satisfying work environment.
- We work together as a team within and between our functional and geographical
boundaries while respecting each other's roles.
- We encourage initiative, take risks, learn from our mistakes, and build
on our successes.
- We communicate in an appropriate, open, honest and timely manner.
- Our actions match our words; we accept personal accountability for
- We are open and responsive to changing values and concerns.
- We consult with and inform clients.
- We provide high-quality service.
The Ministry of Forests Act requires the Forest Service to prepare:
- a periodic resource analysis describing the conditions, management
and future uses of the forest and range resources to enable informed setting
of overall priorities and long-term objectives,
- a five-year program, updated annually, that sets the schedules, methods
and priorities for forest and range resource management and improvements,
- an annual report that reviews the use and management of resources,
the effects of the ministry's programs, and the performance of the ministry
with respect to the five-year program.
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:
- maintaining the basic ministry structure (branches, regions and districts),
- modifying district organizational structures,
- establishing a Land Information Management (LIM) function at all three
levels of the organization, including a new branch (Business Design Branch),
- establishing an Enforcement Branch in support of the Forest Practices
- establishing an Aboriginal Affairs Branch in support of interim measures
and the treaty process.
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