Coast forest industry open to collaboration
Vancouver, British Columbia—
The four member companies of the Coast Forest Conservation Initiative
(CFCI) joined the provincial government, the environmental community,
First Nations and coastal stakeholders in welcoming the finalization
of the land use plans for the Central and North Coast of BC.
"The certainty of knowing
where we can operate, the certainty of knowing what areas are
permanently protected, and the certainty for our customers that
we will continue to produce forest products from the BC Coast
free from the market campaigns of the past is important,"
says Western Forest Products president and chief executive officer
The agreement protects one-third
of the region's land base and introduces an adaptive approach
to forestry and other forms of development called ecosystem-based
"EBM is a new and adaptive
approach to managing forests and other resources in the region,"
says Shannon Janzen, CFCI EBM implementation manager. "It
requires more detailed planning and puts responsibility on the
industry to be more innovative and flexible. We have committed
to full implementation by 2009."
A key benefit that has emerged
is the strengthening of relationships between industry, environmental
groups, First Nations, the Province and communities.
"Implementing these agreements,
and in particular EBM planning and practices, requires a high
degree of collaboration," says Bill Bourgeois, CFCI project
manager. "The Province and First Nations have a lead role
in implementation, but all parties have heavy lifting to do in
the months and years ahead if collaboration is going to work."
The CFCI companies are Canfor
Corporation, Catalyst Paper Corporation, International Forest
Products and Western Forest Products.