|British Columbia is a very large and diverse
province, spanning 11 degrees of latitude, from the 49th to the
60th parallels, and 25 degrees of longitude. The land
area is about 95 million hectares, roughly four times
the size of Great Britain (Figure 1). Only 30 nations
in the world are larger than B.C. It is the third largest
province in Canada.
Issues such as wilderness preservation, biodiversity, old growth, and clearcutting commonly arise in the media. One issue that has subsided, however, is that of inadequate reforestation. This paper follows the development of reforestation in British Columbia and the history of public opinion on this subject. It also describes some of the key changes in forest policy and silviculture practices which are behind the recent positive changes in public opinion.
Prepared for the Third Global Conference on Paper & the Environment