Why should managed forest owners get an incentive to grow trees?

Managed forests are already the best managed forest lands in BC. Only about one half of BC’s private forest lands are in the managed forest category under the Assessment Act. Government is looking for a means of encouraging other owners of private lands to enter this category. Incentives are an effective way of achieving this goal. The key to protecting…

Do private forest land owners manage for biodiversity, cut block size, visual quality considerations, or rate of harvest?

This is a question of priorities. The focus of private forest landowners in the Managed Forest Program and managed forests in the Agricultural Land Reserve is on protecting key public environmental values—fish habitat, water quality, soil productivity, critical wildlife habitat and the growing of trees. Social values, such as visual quality and biodiversity, are more appropriately protected on the public…

How is private managed forest land assessed for property tax purposes?

In the late eighties, a new property class, Class 7, was introduced called Managed Forest Land. Forest land in this class is privately owned and valued on a two part basis, as detailed in section 24 of the Assessment Act. First, there is a bare land value that incorporates factors like soil quality, accessibility, parcel size and location. Second, there…

Is all private land covered by the Private Managed Forest Land Act? Why is the Regulation not applied to other private forests?

The Private Managed Forest Land Act covers managed forests in BC. This amounts to just less than half of the private forest land in B.C. However, the PFLA strongly believes that the government should protect the key public environmental values on all other private lands to the same standards as set out in the Private Managed Forest Land Act. Farmers,…

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