The next provincial general election in British Columbia is scheduled for May 9, 2017.

With any election comes a swarm of pre-election activities and a host of new candidates.

Because BC’s private managed forest lands are located around some of Canada’s fastest growing communities, private forestry is often a target of discussion.

PFLA’s goal is to make it as easy and painless as possible for candidates to learn the facts about private forestry.

If you know any candidates who might benefit from some support in helping to understand private forestry better, please let us know.

If you’re keen to find more information, to share with your local candidate, about the Managed Forest Program, or private forest stewardship in general, please contact us and we’ll point you in the right direction.

In the meantime, if a candidate knocks on your door, or you’re inclined to knock on their door, or for some other reason you find yourself with 60 seconds to talk to your local candidate, here are five key messages to share about private forestry in British Columbia.

  1. Private managed forest owners are the only landowners in B.C. committed and legally bound to grow and harvest trees. Between 10 and 15 million seedlings are planted on BC’s private managed forest lands each year. That’s over 100 million trees in the past decade alone.
  1. Private managed forest land is governed by over 30 acts and regulations that protect key public environmental values including water quality, fish habitat, soil productivity and critical wildlife habitat.
  1. Annually, BC’s private forest lands provide 5,000 jobs, contribute over $1 billion in economic activity and generate $150 million in tax revenue.
  1. PFLA members have a solid track record of responsible forestry practices and regular community communications. We make every reasonable effort to talk with our neighbours and let community members know what’s happening with our operations.
  1. Forest owners have a positive story to tell and this is a great opportunity to share that story. Invite your candidate out into the woods to see firsthand how we manage our forests. Offer to help with any other questions they might have—keep it simple, keep it positive, keep it friendly.