The present Ministerial Order by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations provides for the implementation of Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) on forested lands in the Great Bear Rainforest (GBR). It establishes legal objectives pursuant to section 93.4 of the Land Act, for the purpose of directing forest practices implemented under the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA). In particular, its specific purpose is - in relation to first nations human well-being - to protect and conserve first nations forest and cultural values, improve the long-term stewardship of aboriginal heritage features and aboriginal forest resources in the area, and provide enhanced access to opportunities for carbon benefits and commercial forestry. The implementation of ecosystem-based management will be monitored and, if monitoring results determine that ecosystem integrity is not being maintained or that human well-being is not being improved, this Order may be reviewed and amended. Progress will be assessed in terms of ecological and human well-being performance indicators such as maintenance of high levels of old forest representation and increases in employment levels (i.e. equal to the Canadian average). The text consists of 19 sections divided into 4 Parts as follows: Great Bear Rainforest (1); General and North Coast (2); South Central Coast (3); Transition (4).
Implements: Great Bear Rainforest (Forest Management) Act ([SBC 2016] Chapter 16). (2016-05-19)
Implements: Great Bear Rainforest (Forest Management) Regulation (B.C. Reg. 327/2016). (2017-01-01)
Implements: Great Bear Rainforest (Special Forest Management Area) Regulation (B.C Reg. 325/2016). (2016-12-21)
Implements: Land Act ([RSBC 1996] Chapter 245). (2016-09-01)
Implements: Forest and Range Practices Act ([SBC 2002] Chapter 69). (2016-02-29)
Authors and Publishers
Government of British Columbian (Canada)