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Deregulation Backgrounder - Bill 74 Forest and Range Practices Act

Environmental Deregulation, Forest and Range Practices Act
West Coast Environmental Law

The impacts of the Forest and Range Practices Act will be:

  • There will no longer be government approval of roads and cutblocks – just the general area where industry will carry out its activities. This turns back the clock to well before the current Code.
  • It increases risk of harm to environmental values at the cutblock level. The location of a cutblock and how it will be logged is often very important for maintaining environmental values, but will not be reviewed by government officials.
  • The main reason for this major reduction in agency oversight is staff and budget cuts – 700 Ministry of Forests staff in the coming year (>1,000 including the related agencies Water, Land and Air Protection and Sustainable Resource Management). This is in addition to the elimination of 600 Forest Service positions last year.
  • These changes mean a substantial increase to industry control over what happens on public land.

We do not see corresponding accountability for this new autonomy.

Publication Date: 
November 1, 2002
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West Coast Environmental Law
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