ILA calls for halt to BC’s ‘unbalanced approach’ to forest policy
November 9, 2021 By Interior Logging Association
The Interior Logging Association’s (ILA) Board of Directors are disappointed with the recent announcement concerning old-growth management in the Province of British Columbia.
The ILA represents both First Nations and non-First Nations contractors and communities across British Columbia, all of which will be adversely affected by this decision. At this time, we respectfully request that the province of British Columbia take a balanced approach to an old-growth strategy and include the ILA, who represent the many women and men who work in the forest industry, support our communities, and are committed to the protection and sustainable stewardship of our resources. By engaging with us to find a balanced approach you are showing these people their voices matter in this discussion.
Without proper representation of all parties, a real solution that is best for all British Columbians will not be realized. The loss of any jobs is unacceptable, and without a proper socio-economic study to fully understand the effects of such a drastic shift in forest policy, the B.C. government will be making policy decisions that are not balanced or fair to all British Columbians.
The ILA formally requests that Premier Horgan and all of his members of cabinet halt this unbalanced approach to forest policy, and include those of us who are committed to our industry’s future, community preservation, and our sustainable forests.
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