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 forest land is to make sure it is profitable to landowners. That is conservation at no cost to the government. Incentives are needed to attract the other million hectares of BC private forest land and thousands of landowners into the Managed Forest Program and into long term forest management; and encourage existing managed forest landowners to maintain and increase their forest investments. If we do that, landowners and the public both win through more long-term jobs, more investment, more government revenue, more fibre.“