Management of Forest Recreation in BC

Forest recreation is important in British Columbia. It helps to support a thriving tourism industry, and contributes to a lifestyle for many British Columbian’s who enjoy BC’s natural beauty and
recreating in outdoor areas.

This special report has been prompted by multiple concerns and complaints received by the Board about outdoor recreation activities and how recreation values are managed under the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA). Examples include: management of forestry activities within designated recreation sites; impacts of forestry activities on recreation resources; and perceived gaps in management of forest recreation values including underutilization of the management tools provided in FRPA. The Board has observed that problems can occur when there is no planning for recreation resource values or where objectives and desired outcomes for these values are not clear.

May 2021

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