Clf-xUQVEAAfTrt.jpg_largePart of PFLA’s role as advocate for B.C.’s forest owners includes taking advantage of opportunities to spend time with key individuals and organisations that share our passion for quality forest stewardship.

One such occasion arose recently when PFLA members joined staff, directors and the chair of the Forest Practices Board in Port Alberni for an information-sharing dinner and field tour.

The Forest Practices Board was in the Alberni Valley area as part of a review of practices on public lands, and PFLA members graciously accepted the invitation to “show and tell” how we address regulatory and non-regulatory matters on private forest lands.

While the FPB has no jurisdiction over auditing forest practices on private lands (that’s the purview of the Managed Forest Council), the FPB does, from time to time, receive inquiries about private land forestry.

The meeting in Port Alberni was a great opportunity to raise awareness about the regulatory model under the Private Managed Forest Land Act, along with other key acts and regulations, certification and voluntary practices that guide forest stewardship on private land.

During dinner, local forest owners and representatives from the Managed Forest Council delivered presentations about private forest practices that led to a productive question-and-answer discussion. The next morning, we all shared breakfast, and more productive discussions, before heading out on a short field tour.

One of the topics we spent a great deal of time and energy discussing is the steps forest owners and land managers take to voluntarily minimise negative visual quality impacts that arise from forest management activities.

PFLA is proud to report that members of the Forest Practices Board were impressed by the site we visited showing recently completed harvesting work done by Island Timberlands opposite Port Alberni and across the inlet.

Other highlights included: a review of a recently upgraded log dump, a look at timber harvesting, and discussions about reforestation and watershed protection practices.

Special thanks to the members and staff of the Forest Practices Board for making the time and showing an interest in how we manage our private