FPB Strategic Plan 2023-2026
BC Forest Practices Board releases new strategic plan
VICTORIA – The BC Forest Practices Board has released its 2023-26 Strategic Plan, setting new priorities for advancing the public interest in forest and range practices in B.C.
The plan reaffirms the board’s mission and purpose statements, but includes new values and priorities in recognition of the changing landscape in British Columbia.
“Forest management is undergoing a transformation in B.C.,” said Keith Atkinson, chair, Forest Practices Board. “The priorities in our new strategic plan reflect the diversity of values provided by forests and the collaboration required to sustain them.”
Strategic priorities in the 2023-26 plan include:
- encouraging forest and range policies and practices adapted to the effects of climate change and supporting ecological resilience, including conservation of biodiversity and wildlife habitat.
- supporting the inclusion and engagement of Indigenous Peoples in forest and range stewardship;
- growing and maintaining a professional team; and
- increasing the awareness and impact of the Forest Practices Board’s work.
“This plan was developed by listening to the public and stakeholders,” Atkinson said. “It represents an ongoing commitment to continued engagement with the people of B.C. – Indigenous people, the forest industry, communities and stakeholder groups – to focus our work and best support healthy, resilient forests, now and in the future.”
The Forest Practices Board is B.C.’s independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices, reporting its findings and recommendations directly to the public and government. The board audits forest and range practices on public lands and the appropriateness of government enforcement. It can also make recommendations for improvement to practices and legislation.
The new strategic plan, along with reports on audits, investigations, and other forest and range issues, can be viewed on the Forest Practices Board website: www.bcfpb.ca