2000/01 Annual Performance Report Table of Contents
 

 

 

 

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Quick Facts

Allowable annual cut commitments as of March 31
2001: 68.6 million m3/year
2000: 69.0 million m3/year
Table C-7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stewardship

The Ministry of Forests oversees the timber, range and outdoor recreation resources of British Columbia’s Crown forest land, which covers approximately two-thirds of the province. The Forest Service manages this land for:

production and harvesting of timber,
production of forage,
grazing of livestock, and
outdoor recreation.

It cooperates with other agencies to manage for:

biodiversity,
watersheds and water,
fish and wildlife habitat,
other natural resource values,
tourism,
heritage values, and
energy and minerals.

Goals, Initiatives And Results In 2000/01

Strategic Goals

Nearly 200,000 people work directly or indirectly in the British Columbia forest-sector, and in 2000/01, the forest and range sectors together generated nearly $1.3 billion in direct revenue for the province (see Table 1). Forests and range lands also provide significant economic opportunities for industries such as tourism. Against those economic realities are public and market expectations that the province preserve and maintain the health of as much of the forest and range resources as possible, and at the highest environmental standards.

To meet both environmental and economic expectations, the Ministry of Forests must carefully balance short- and long-term benefits, while maintaining soil productivity, water quality, ecosystem health and biodiversity. Forest management practices must demonstrate high environmental standards and reflect long-term planning that takes into account a spectrum of economic, social, cultural, environmental and other values.

To respond to these challenges and expectations, the Ministry of Forests adopted three strategic goals for 2000/01, aligned with its vision and mission statements:

  1. Manage and conserve forest and grassland ecosystems for sustainable use now and in the future.
Effective forest management requires the wise and sustainable use of forest, range and recreation resources. To achieve this goal, the ministry will:
protect long-term soil productivity,
protect or restore natural forest and grassland ecosystem productivity,
conserve the biodiversity of forest and grassland ecosystems,
design forest legislation, regulations, policy, and planning processes to ensure the sustainable use of our resources,
establish and maintain land-use and forest management planning processes that reflect economic, social and environmental public values and guide operational forest plans and forest investments,
ensure effective inspection of licensee compliance with legislation, regulation and tenure agreements, and ministry compliance with legislation and regulation that applies to government,
enhance forest and range productivity,
meet critical inventory and data management needs of the ministry, and
focus research and extension to support critical resource management needs.
  1. Ensure that the province’s forests, range and associated recreation resources contribute to the economic well-being of its citizens and communities.
A healthy resource economy in British Columbia is based on sustainable use of the forest and range resources, and on a diverse base of competitive industry operators generating employment and revenues. A key factor is the fair allocation of forest and range resources to support the long-term viability of resource-based industries and communities. To achieve this goal, the ministry will:
foster a regulatory and administrative climate that enables a competitive forest industry,
maintain or improve economic potential from forest, range and recreation resources,
effectively allocate and administer forest and range tenures,
determine sustainable rates of timber harvest,
provide access to small-business timber volumes, and
contribute to the provincial government’s fiscal objectives by collecting the economic rent from B.C.’s forest and range resources in an efficient and fair manner.
  1. Be a strong, dynamic and adaptable organization focused on achieving its strategic goals.

The Ministry of Forests will enhance the effectiveness of its strategic planning by fully integrating ministry strategy with the internal business planning and budget cycles. Employees must be equipped with the right skills and knowledge to achieve the ministry’s goals effectively, and to be adaptive and innovative as the operating environment changes around them.

With rapid change in the past few years, ministry staff have faced increasing complexity and uncertainty at all levels of their work. Changes in the ministry’s roles and new initiatives have required changes in work functions for many employees. The ministry also faces a significant loss of accumulated expertise over the next 10 years, as many employees are scheduled to retire.

To achieve this goal, the ministry will:
implement the Strategic Management Framework,
recruit, train and support staff so that they are knowledgeable, adaptive and innovative in achieving the ministry’s goals, and
implement continuous improvement principles in the organization’s business practices.

The section following reports on ministry achievements in 2000/01 under specific initiatives identified as key priorities in the Business Plan 2000 - 2001 (April 2000). Accomplishments under ongoing initiatives, and support work for core ministry objectives are reported in Appendix 1, under "Division and Branch Reports."

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Initiatives and Results

2000/01 Scorecard

Strategic Goal 1: Manage and conserve forest and grassland ecosystems for sustainable use now and in the future.
Key Initiative Performance Measures Achieved Not Achieved Planned Targets Actual

Results-Based Code Initiative Number of Forest Practices Code pilots implemented Achieved Substantial achievement Four pilots underway across the province. Five pilots in detailed planning, and two in public discussion. Details

Community Forests Initiative Number of agreements issued which directly involve communities Achieved Substantial achievement Issue seven agreements. Four agreements signed and three offers made. Details

Kyoto Protocol Initiative Level of ministry input provided to provincial/federal discussions Achieved Fully inform provincial and federal discussions, including the 6th Conference of the Parties (COP-6) in Nov. 2000, on provincial forestry benefits, including carbon sinks. Discussions informed. Details

State of the Forests Report Initiative Report on sustainability indicators Achieved Complete a prototype report on sustainability indicators. Prototype report delivered to ministry executive. Details

Landscape-Unit Planning Initiative Number of landscape-unit plan objectives advertised Not Achieved Advertise objectives for 75 landscape-unit plans. Objectives for two plans advertised. Implementation delayed by required consultations. Details

Forest Health Initiative Area of forest land attacked by bark beetles Not Achieved Minimize expansion of bark beetle infestation by undertaking control measures as per five-year Forest Health Plan. Control measures implemented, but expansion continues, with additional funding. Details
Level of gypsy moth population control Achieved Eradicate gypsy moth populations in Burnaby. Gypsy moth eradicated in affected area in Burnaby.

Strategic Goal 2: Ensure that the province’s forests, range and associated recreation resources contribute to the economic well-being of its citizens and communities.
Key Initiative Performance Measures Achieved Not Achieved Planned Targets Actual

Softwood Lumber Initiative Level of leadership provided to ensure all options are considered and risks are identified Achieved Leadership provided; target to be reassessed in 2001/02 Unfettered access to the U.S. market for B.C. softwood lumber. Consulted with the federal government and stakeholder interests in B.C. and prepared analyses in anticipation of a probable U.S. trade action. Achievement of target cannot properly be assessed until the scope and nature of a U.S. trade action are known. Details

Forest Policy Review Implementation Initiative No specific measures developed Achieved Based on Cabinet direction, implement specific report recommendations and/or broad policy directions. Specific targets directed by Cabinet achieved (e.g., expansion of the Community Forests Initiative, and conclusion of consultations on establishing a working forest.) Other work on identified long-term policy issues continues, including development of a Market-Based Pricing System. Details

First Nations Forest Strategy Number of pilots implemented under the Premier’s Economic Summit Achieved Implement three access-to-timber pilots under the Premier’s Economic Summit. Three pilots implemented, involving 18 five partnerships. Details
Number of forest-related business arrangements involving First Nations Achieved An increase in the number of forest sector business arrangements involving First Nations. Many of the 21 agreements reached (see below) include business arrangements.
Number of Traditional Use Studies completed Achieved Ten Traditional Use Studies completed. Ten studies completed.
Number of students involved in the Forest Technician Training Program Achieved Seventeen current students complete the program; 20 students start. Eighteen students completed academic work; 17 proceeded to practical work.
Number of pre-treaty and non-treaty–related agreements developed or supported Achieved An increase in the number of pre-treaty and treaty-related agreements developed or supported. Twenty-one agreements reached.
Number of treaty-related agreements supported, including land and cash offers and Agreements in Principle Achieved As above.

Certification of Forest Products Initiative Contribution to the development and revision of various sustainable forest management standards Achieved Contribute to:
revision to CSA SFM national standard, and
development of FSC B.C. regional standards.
Contributed to both. Details
Number of forest districts with Small Business Forest Enterprise Program (SBFEP) certified to ISO 14001 Not Achieved Progressing All district SBFEPs in the Vancouver Forest Region to be ISO 14001 certified by March 31, 2001. Districts in Vancouver Forest Region have implemented ISO 14001, but are not yet certified.
Number of CSA and FSC Sustainable Forest Management pilot projects. Achieved Implement four pilots. Four pilots implemented to test CSA, FSC and ISO requirements.

Implement New Small Business Forest Enterprise Strategy Development and implementation of a strategy that is fully supported by the value-added sector. Not Achieved Significant progress Update the Value-added Policy to target increased wood volume for higher-value uses. New policy developed, and consultation begun with value-added sector. Details
Number of forest districts with SBFEP Environmental Management Systems in place and operational Not Achieved Significant progress Implement Environmental Management Systems for SBFEP in all forest districts. Significant progress: Environmental Management System piloted.
Percentage of all sales sold in the Vancouver Forest Region in 2000/01 from alternative silviculture systems Achieved Achieve target of five-year plan to have 60 per cent of all sales sold in the Vancouver Forest Region in 2000/01 from alternative silviculture systems. On target to achieve five-year plan.

Bridge Replacement Initiative Number of access structures replaced Achieved Substantial achievement (78 per cent) Replace 140 bridge structures. Total of 109 structures replaced at higher cost than expected. Details

Strategic Goal 3: Be a strong, dynamic and adaptable organization focused on achieving its strategic goals.
Key Initiative Performance Measures Achieved Not Achieved Planned Targets Actual

Strategic Management Framework Initiative Establishment of corporate outcome measures and targets Achieved Develop corporate outcome measures and targets for goals and objectives by March 31, 2001 Measures and targets developed. (Details: Performance Plan 2001/02  - 2003/04.) Details

Training and Succession Planning Initiative Training needs identified, prioritized, funded and delivered Achieved Priorized training plan implemented within budget Training plan implemented. Details
Succession needs identified, prioritized, funded and delivered Not Achieved Partial achievement Succession plan model approved and initial steps implemented. Development of the model 80 per cent complete. Implementation not yet initiated: financial requirements need to be reviewed.

Continuous Improvement Initiative Number of forest regions developing more efficient harvest management practices Achieved Over-achievement Deliver continuous improvement curriculum in three forest regions. Continuous improvement curriculum underway or delivered in four forest regions. Details

Equity and Diversity Initiative Proportion of new hires to ministry from designated equity groups Not Achieved New hires from designated groups reflect distribution of overall provincial population. BC Statistics workforce information not available by March 31, 2000/01. Expectation is that the target was not met due to limited staffing actions during the year. Details
Increased representation of designated groups in under-represented classification levels Not Achieved Increase designated group representation into technical, professional and management level positions. Limited out-of-service staffing actions during the year prevented an increase in filling technical and professional positions with qualified individuals from the designated groups.
Proportion of ministry staff who have received discrimination prevention training Achieved Substantial achievement One hundred per cent of ministry staff receive discrimination prevention training by March 31, 2001. By March 31, 93 per cent of ministry staff had received discrimination prevention training.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Managing diversity

B.C. has a greater diversity of forest types than any other jurisdiction in Canada or the U.S. To manage, protect and conserve those forest and range ecosystems, the Ministry of Forests employs more than 4,200 people, has contracts with many others, and works with the private sector on activities ranging from tree planting and landscape management to computer modelling and the study of forest ecology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Facts

Wildfires
2000/01: 1,538
1999/00: 1,214
Table D-1

Area burned by wildfires in B.C.
2000/01: 16,407 ha
1999/00: 13,989 ha
Table D-2

Cost of direct fire fighting*
2000/01: $52.7 million
1999/00: $21.1 million
Table 2
*Net of recoveries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Facts

Average stumpage prices
2000/01: $18.05/m3
1999/00: $21.18/m3
Table C-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Facts

Forest operations compliance
2000/01: 40,293 inspections
1999/00: 43,963 inspections
Table C-27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Facts

Harvesting licences and agreements
2000/01: 6,408
1999/00: 6,490
Table C-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Facts

Productive forest land in B.C. in TSAs and TFLs
2000/01: 45.4 million ha
1999/00: 45.9 million ha
Table 4

Strategic Goal 1:

Manage and conserve forest and grassland ecosystems for sustainable use now and in the future.

Results-Based Code Initiative

The ministry added new legislation during 1999/00 to the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act, to allow pilot testing to improve the regulation of forest and range practices. These provisions empower Cabinet to exempt tenure-holders or the Small Business Forest Enterprise Program (SBFEP) from requirements under the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act, the Forest Act, or the Range Act for the purposes of experimenting with ways to improve the regulatory and administrative framework associated with implementation of the Forest Practices Code.

The intent of this initiative is to move from a prescription-based to a results-based Forest Practices Code, in a way that maintains environmental standards and fosters broad public support. Consultation includes stakeholders from environmental groups, the forest industry, the Forest Practices Board, and First Nations.

Ten initial expressions of interest from across the province were received. Of those, five pilot proposals are in the early stages of development, and five are in the detailed planning stage:
Cariboo Lumber Manufacturers’ Association (CLMA)
Cariboo Woodlot Association
Fort St. John licensees
Riverside Forest Products Ltd.
Weyerhaeuser Canada Ltd., Stillwater Division

These five pilots are exploring new mechanisms for community and First Nations involvement, evaluation and monitoring, and links to certification, land-use planning, and tree farm licence management planning. During 2000/01, the ministry provided advice on pilot proposals for further streamlining of operational planning, cutting, and road permit administration.

The 2000/01 target was to implement four pilots across the province.

The proposals and draft regulations for the Fort St. John and Weyerhaeuser (Stillwater) pilot projects were released for public discussion during 2000/01. Work continues on the CLMA, Cariboo Woodlot, and Riverside projects, for which proposals and draft regulations may be released in 2001/02.

Community Forests Initiative

Pilot projects under this initiative test new approaches to community stewardship of local forest resources, both to increase direct community participation in the management of local forests and help create sustainable jobs.

The ministry evaluated 27 proposals for Community Forest Agreements during 1999/00 and made seven offers for pilot projects. (The 2000/01 target was to issue seven agreements.) By the end of 2000/01, four pilot agreements were signed, with Burns Lake Community Forest Limited, Harrop Procter Watershed Protection Society, Esketemc First Nation, and the District of Fort St. James. These agreements cover approximately 52,700 hectares of Crown land. Three additional pilots were offered to the communities of McBride, Likely, and Nuxalk First Nation.

A new Community Forest Agreement Regulation, based on the Woodlot Licence Forest Management Regulation, was brought into force on December 4, 2000. It provides for a more streamlined and flexible administrative model, while maintaining environmental protection measures consistent with the Forest Practices Code.

A moderate expansion of the program was announced in October 2000, which will allow the ministry to offer as many as 18 additional community forest tenure opportunities.

Kyoto Protocol Initiative

The Kyoto Protocol was signed by Canada in 1998. It requires a 6 per cent reduction (or about 180 million tonnes) in national greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels by the end of 2012. The protocol has yet to be ratified, but signatories must demonstrate progress on their commitments by 2005. The agreement has potential risks for the B.C. forest sector, including constraints on allowable annual cuts and additional forest management considerations, increased wood production by competitors, increased forest industry production costs, and possible trade barriers.

The purpose of this initiative is to reduce the risks, costs and effects on B.C.’s forest-based economy, and to help control carbon dioxide emissions by negotiating, if possible, a position that generates revenues from carbon sinks.

The ministry is participating in both the ad hoc Sinks Table and the Forest-Sector Table established by the federal government. Participants at the tables will also assess the potential effects of future agreements on forest management in B.C. During 2000/01, this work included providing information for and participating in the 6th Conference of the Parties (COP-6) in November 2000 and developing a provincial carbon accounting model to provide relevant input to federal/provincial discussions – meeting the Business Plan 2000 - 2001 target.

The carbon accounting project, which will be completed in two phases, is a cooperative effort among the B.C. Ministry of Forests, the Canadian Forest Service, and ESSA Technologies Ltd. of Vancouver. The team is revising the Carbon Budget Model of the Canadian Forest Sector (CBM-CFS2) to analyze carbon stocks and carbon stock changes in B.C. at the scale of timber supply areas and tree farm licences. The analysis will use a range of provincial information (e.g., forest inventory and growth and yield) to analyze carbon stock changes in the managed forest under different harvest and natural disturbance-rate scenarios. This is also the first application of the CBM-CFS2 using provincial inventory and growth and yield data.

State of the Forests Report Initiative

Reporting on the state of British Columbia’s forests is an integral part of the ministry’s performance planning framework. As an ongoing body of work, these reports will provide a concise, credible, balanced overview of the sustainability of forest management in the province. Using internationally recognized sustainability indicators, as well as indicators that are of particular importance to the B.C. situation, the reports will provide details on the current state of the environmental, socioeconomic and administrative aspects of forest sustainability. The reports will also identify trends in those areas. Designed for governments, environmental organizations, industry and the public in B.C. and internationally, the reports will help readers access more detailed information and help the ministry identify significant gaps in information.

During 2000/01, as planned, the ministry met its Business Plan 2000 - 2001 target of completing a prototype to guide the preparation of future State of the Forest Reports.

Landscape-Unit Planning Initiative

This initiative has two main purposes: to address biodiversity at the watershed level, and to provide clear direction for sustainable forest management. This work will help define the land base available for timber production and provide direction for integrated management of forest resources (including the establishment of old-growth management areas and the determination of targets for wildlife tree retention). The mechanism for doing this is establishing legal objectives for landscape units.

In the near term, the primary focus is to establish objectives for the conservation of old-growth and the retention of wildlife trees. All operational plans prepared under the Forest Practices Code must be consistent with any landscape-unit objectives.

Although delays were experienced in meeting the initial Business Plan 2000 - 2001 target set for this initiative (i.e., advertise objectives for 75 landscape-unit plans) because required consultations were not done, substantial background work was completed during 2000/01. Landscape-unit data preparation was substantially completed in at least 16 of the province’s 40 forest districts. Further data analysis was completed in seven districts.

Proposed objectives were advertised for public review for two landscape units. For one of those units, the objectives were moved forward to the legal establishment phase.

Forest Health Initiative

The goals of the Forest Health Initiative are to maintain and improve the health of B.C.’s forests by detecting, recording and mitigating losses caused by forest insects and disease. The ministry’s targets under this initiative in 2000/01 were to minimize bark beetle expansion through control measures (as per the five-year Forest Health Plan), and to eradicate gypsy moth populations in Burnaby.

The ministry has re-established an annual provincial aerial overview survey, which will enable broad-scale tracking of significant forest pests – primarily bark beetles and defoliators. Current data are available at www.for.gov.bc.ca/hfp/FORSITE/overview/overview.htm, and historical data are being appended as they become available.

Mountain pine beetle continues to aggressively infest mature lodgepole pine stands in the central Interior of B.C. (see Table C-22). A total of $15 million in additional funding was allocated to bark beetle control in 2000/01.

Successful aerial applications of the pesticide Foray 48BŪ eradicated gypsy moth populations on the north side of Burnaby Lake, in Burnaby. In Sechelt, the first year of a two-year program using a mass-trapping technique to control gypsy moth was completed.

Strategic Goal 2:

Ensure that the province’s forests, range and associated recreation resources contribute to the economic well-being of its citizens and communities.

Softwood Lumber Initiative

The Canada/U.S. Softwood Lumber Agreement limits the volume of lumber that can be shipped to the United States, without payment of export fees, from B.C., Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. The government of Canada implemented the agreement through a quota system that allocates the fee-free volume among individual lumber producers in the four covered provinces. The agreement was scheduled to expire on March 31, 2001.

The Ministry of Forests, both directly and through the B.C. Softwood Lumber Advisory Committee, helped the government of Canada administer the agreement, in several ways. It supported a negotiated settlement of a dispute on the reclassification by U.S. Customs of rougher-headed lumber, and the allocation of additional lumber quota to rougher-headed lumber producers. It also provided technical support in an arbitration case on other reclassifications by U.S. Customs, and developed recommendations for the allocation of additional quota available under the agreement to address hardships and inequities in B.C.

During 2000/01, the ministry continued preparations for the expiry of the agreement on March 31, 2001 by providing leadership at the national and provincial levels in attempting to ensure continued access to the U.S. market. That work included consulting with the federal government and various stakeholder interests in B.C. and preparing legal, economic and factual analyses in anticipation of a probable U.S. trade action. Achievement of the Business Plan 2000 - 2001 target of unfettered access to the U.S. market for B.C. softwood lumber cannot properly be assessed and evaluated until the scope and nature of a U.S. trade action are known.

Forest Policy Review Implementation Initiative

Under this initiative, the Minister of Forests asked the Jobs and Timber Accord Advocate, in mid-1999, to review existing forest policy. This review is an integral part of a wider effort to achieve a renewed, diversified and internationally competitive forest sector in B.C. To reach that goal, the province needed to examine its existing policy framework and look at innovative forest management that will allow it to attract new investment in the sector while promoting strong community participation, a greater emphasis on high-value made-in-B.C. products, and world-leading environmental standards. B.C.’s public forests must provide an adequate social dividend in jobs and healthy communities while encouraging innovation and diversification in forest management and production.

The review included community workshops across the province, attended by representatives from the Union of British Columbia Municipalities, the forest sector, business, labour, environmental groups, and First Nations. Consultations were also held with key provincial stakeholders and the public. The final report, Shaping Our Future, was released on April 5, 2000 (www.for.gov.bc.ca/pab/pc/review/index.htm). It included forest policy recommendations about land-use planning, Forest Renewal BC, First Nations, tenure, pricing, communities and workers.

The ministry has identified a number of initiatives of interest in the final report, including the expansion of the Community Forest Agreements program, moving toward market-based pricing, implementation of landscape-unit planning, special and enhanced zoning, and the creation of a working forest. The ministry is working on community forests and market-based pricing initiatives, and it plans to work on others.

First Nations Forest Strategy

The Ministry of Forests started developing the First Nations Forestry Strategy in November 1999. A framework for addressing treaty- and non-treaty–related forestry issues, the strategy is a way for First Nations to build a stake in the forest sector in a pre-treaty environment.

This initiative is an integral component of a larger provincial government treaty-related measures strategy to provide opportunities for First Nations to achieve some of their economic objectives in the short term. It is also an important incentive for First Nations to continue participating in the treaty process. The First Nations Forest Strategy is not limited to treaty-related measures; it includes components that provide benefits to all First Nations, including those not currently involved in the treaty process.

The strategy captures ongoing opportunities for First Nations and rolls them into a strategic approach without limiting existing programs. The major components of the strategy include ministry support for capacity-building initiatives, facilitating joint ventures with industry, providing access to timber/tenures and supporting treaty-related measures.

Ministry targets for 2000/01 were to:
implement three access-to-timber pilots under the Premier’s Economic Summit,
increase the number of forest-sector business arrangements involving First Nations,
complete 10 Traditional Use Studies,
have 17 current students complete the Forest Technician Training Program, and
increase the number of pre-treaty and treaty-related agreements being developed or supported.

The ministry was able to meet or exceed all of its targets for the First Nations Forest Strategy. Three access-to-timber pilots involving five First Nations forest-sector licensee partnerships have been established and are now underway. Ten Traditional Use Studies were completed. An additional large-scale Traditional Use Study has been extended and will also be completed by October. Eighteen students completed the academic portion of the Forest Technician Training Program, with 17 going on to their practical work term.

Consistent with the strategy, the ministry began negotiations on forest interim measures with a number of First Nations in fall 2000. In conjunction with the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, 21 agreements were reached, with the following First Nations: Huu-ay-aht and Uchucklesaht; Westbank; Wet’suwet’en; Cowichan; Ditidaht and Pacheedaht; Heiltsuk; Tsimshian Tribal Council; Kaska Dena; Tsay Keh Dene; Carrier Sekani Tribal Council; Cariboo Tribal Council; Haisla; Council of the Haida Nation; Tsleil-Waututh; Lower Similkameen; Neskonlith and Adams Lake; and Lheidli T’enneh and the Nicola Tribal Association.

Many of the 21 agreements concluded involved forest-sector business arrangements among First Nations, the province, Canada, licensees, training organizations, and contractors/suppliers.

Certification of Forest Products Initiative

Certification of forest management took on new prominence within the B.C. forest sector in 2000/01. First, increasing numbers of buyers of wood products – ranging from wood products manufacturers and pulp purchasers to home improvement retailers – continue to request that suppliers pursue certification to a range of environmental standards. Some buyers have set procurement policies with deadlines in 2002 or 2003. Second, significant numbers of forest product producers successfully achieved certification under one or more systems during 2000/01. Given the public land ownership of the majority of the province’s forest lands, the ministry has taken a strong policy and implementation interest in preparing for certification to work effectively in B.C.

Certification is a voluntary, market-based instrument that requires a company to demonstrate, through a third-party audit, that it conforms to one of a number of standards.

During this year in British Columbia, there were:
18 new International Standards Organization (ISO) Environmental Management System 14001 Standard (ISO 14001) certifications (versus six in 1999/00),
seven new Canadian Standards Association Sustainable Forest Management System standards (CSA SFM Z808/Z809) certifications (versus two in 1999/00),
two new international Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) International Principles and Criteria certifications (no change), and
two American Forest and Paper Association’s Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Program certifications (versus none the previous year).

In total, licensees responsible for the management of 19 million hectares and more than 30 per cent of the annual harvest volume in B.C. received certification under one or more system during the past two years. Many other companies are actively preparing for certification. The ministry has taken a lead role to encourage operators to prepare for certification. It has also initiated an education program within government to ensure that staff in all forest regions and districts are equipped to respond to licensees and certifiers who require government data and contact to successfully complete certifications.

Also during 2000/01, the ministry was extensively involved in helping producers prepare for certification in the B.C. forest sector, and in encouraging standards that are feasible, appropriate for the B.C. context, and globally equitable. Among other activities, the ministry:
participated on the CSA SFM national technical committee and contributed to the 2000/01 proposed formal revision of the standard to ensure increased clarity and feasibility for certifiers and operators in the field,
participated on the B.C. FSC Regional Standards development team, to provide input as the FSC began to design a regional standard,
reviewed and made recommendations about certifier checklists used by certifiers as interim FSC standards,
contributed to the national Canadian advisory committees on ISO environmental and labelling standards,
launched a certification pilot program within the Small Business Forest Enterprise Program (SBFEP), which includes more than 1,000 small-contract loggers, value-added manufacturers, and a variety of small-tenure opportunities around the province,
implemented four area-based certification pilots to test CSA, FSC and ISO requirements, and
implemented ISO 14001 in the Vancouver Forest Region (not yet certified).

With this work, the ministry met or made progress on all of its targets under this initiative from the Business Plan 2000 - 2001.

Implement New Small Business Forest Enterprise Strategy

The Small Business Forest Enterprise Program (SBFEP) implemented a revised program strategy in early 2000/01. This strategy continued past objectives of profitability for government, and making timber available to a diverse profile of independent entrepreneurs. This was one of the targets from the Business Plan 2000 - 2001.

In response to public and market expectations, a third focus for the program – sustainable forest management – was given prominence this year. The strategy for the province was incorporated into all forest region operations, and regional strategy documents guide implementation.

The program continued to sell all available timber, offering more than 3,000 different sales, ranging from a few cubic metres to 1 million m3. Program harvests continued to be well above the average of the last 10 years, with the direct financial dividend to government shrinking slightly due to poorer lumber and log markets and a large volume of poorer-quality, beetle-damaged timber harvested in aid of pest management.

In sustainable forest management, the program’s Business Plan target was to implement an Environmental Management System for the SBFEP in all forest districts in 2000/01. That target was not met, but significant progress was made. The program developed an Environmental Management System to both improve the ministry’s ability to manage the land base consistently, and to support forest management certification efforts under ISO 14001 to maintain B.C.’s place in world markets. The Environmental Management System was piloted in the Vancouver Forest Region and at two Interior sites – in the Salmon Arm and Prince George forest districts. Extensive staff and licensee training was undertaken and will continue during the next year to meet ISO 14001 standards.

The program’s third Business Plan target is to have 60 per cent of all sales in the Vancouver Forest Region come from alternative silviculture systems by the end of 2005. In 2000/01, the Vancouver Forest Region was on target to meet a commitment to increase the volume of new sales requiring a non-clearcutting harvest – the target being 60 per cent by 2005.

Bridge Replacement Initiative

Under this initiative, deteriorated bridges on Forest Service roads are replaced. These bridges are necessary to keep the roads open for timber harvesting and fibre flow, forest management, public access and safety, and environmental protection.

In 1996, Forest Renewal BC approved the $70 million Bridge Replacement Program for the replacement, over a five-year period, of some 1,100 deteriorated bridges and major culverts on Forest Service roads. Priority was given to structures on roads that were used to access timber. Under the program, licensees either replaced the bridges themselves, or contracted-out the work. As of March 31, 1999, having provided $30 million, Forest Renewal BC withdrew funding for the program because it anticipated reductions in its projected revenues, and had re-evaluated its core strategic objectives.

In July 1999, Treasury Board approved continuing the program and provided $15 million to the ministry for 1999/00, and a commitment to provide $10 million in each of 2000/01 and 2001/02.

The Business Plan 2000 - 2001 target was to replace 140 bridge structures. During 2000/01, 109 bridges and major culverts were replaced under this initiative, and materials were purchased for several more bridges. Expenditures totalled approximately $9 million. The disparity between actual and planned expenditures was due to re-prioritizing during the year, which resulted in fewer but more expensive structures being built within the allocated budget.

Strategic Goal 3:

Be a strong, dynamic and adaptable organization focused on achieving its strategic goals.

Strategic Management Framework Initiative

The ministry has now established four long-term goals that are derived both from its mandate, as expressed in legislation and policies, and from broader provincial forest policy objectives. During 2000/01, the ministry identified strategies to achieve the objectives associated with these goals, and is now implementing them. It also met its Business Plan 2000 - 2001 target of developing corporate performance measures and targets, by March 31, 2001, to indicate how successful the ministry is in achieving its goals and objectives.

Details of the ministry’s corporate performance measures and targets are provided in the Performance Plan 2001/02 - 2003/04 (www.gov.bc.ca/for).

Training and Succession Planning Initiative

The ministry recognizes that an organization’s capacity to learn and adapt to changing conditions is essential for building and sustaining a competitive edge. To ensure that the ministry is proactive in meeting its training and succession needs over the next several years, it has identified $1 million in funding for training and succession planning. The latter will involve identifying key positions and geographical locations, and their associated competencies.

The ministry met its Business Plan 2000 - 2001 target of implementing a prioritized training plan, within budget. The ministry partially met its target of approving a succession plan model and implementing the initial steps: the model was developed and approved, in principle, but was not implemented, because the financial requirements still need to be reviewed.

Continuous Improvement Initiative

The ministry continues its work to build a more sustainable, cost-effective and strategic way to deliver its mandate and services with redesigned business, management and leadership processes and practices. Its long-term objectives are to:
improve performance in all areas of ministry business,
be more responsive and adaptive in meeting public and government expectations and priorities,
provide staff with the skills, tools, knowledge and ability they need to fulfill their responsibility for ongoing performance improvement, and
enhance partnerships and relationships with stakeholders.

The results of this initiative to date include:
time and cost savings in key business areas for both government and forest licensees,
improved assessment and management of risk,
better consistency and transparency of ministry business processes and practices,
shared accountability for performance,
the development of new leaders at all levels of the organization, which will help the ministry deal with succession issues, and
the emergence of a corporate culture that is intent on achieving ongoing performance improvement in meeting strategic goals.

During 2000/01, the ministry exceeded its Business Plan 2000 - 2001 target of delivering continuous improvement curriculum in three forest regions: by March 31, 2001, curriculum was underway or had been delivered in four forest regions.

Equity and Diversity Initiative

One of the ministry’s basic objectives is to integrate equity and diversity into its day-to-day operations. To support this objective, ministry staff have been provided with education and training on equity, diversity and discrimination prevention. Remedial measures to address past inequities have been put in place.

Business Plan 2000 - 2001 targets under this initiative were to:
have new hires from designated (i.e., visible minority) groups reflect the distribution of the overall provincial population,
increase designated group representation in technical-, professional- and management-level positions, and
provide discrimination-prevention training to 100 per cent of ministry staff.

The ministry was unable to determine whether or not it had met its first target by the end of 2000/01, because the BC Statistics report on the ministry’s workforce profile had not been released. The expectation was, however, that the target would not be met because of limited staffing actions during 2000/01.

The second target under this initiative was also not met because of limited out-of-service staffing actions during this year. Within that, there was found to be a lack of qualified individuals within the designated groups for the technical and professional positions that the ministry needed to fill.

In providing discrimination-prevention training, the ministry revised its target to 90 per cent at the end of the first quarter (June 30, 2000), because of difficulties encountered in arranging for train-the-trainer sessions. By March 31, 2001, the revised target had been exceeded: 93 per cent of ministry staff received the training this year.

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Strategic Goals for 2001/02

The vision of the Ministry of Forests is:

The British Columbia Forest Service is universally recognized as a leader in sustainable management of forests and range lands.

To help achieve that vision, the ministry has developed four strategic goals to guide its activities and decision-making in 2001/02:
healthy forests,
a strong forest economy,
all British Columbians benefit from the sustainable use of their forests, and
an effective sustainable forest manager.

As it works toward those goals, the ministry will continue to meet its mandate and support provincial government priorities.

Details are included in the ministry’s Performance Plan 2001/02 - 2003/04 (available at www.gov.bc.ca/for).

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