Special Report: Conserving Fish Habitats under the Forest and Range Practices Act – Part 1: A Review of the BC Government Approach
Fish are an important part of the environmental, economic, social, cultural and spiritual fabric of BC. People care deeply about fish and fish habitats and how they are managed. Much of the public’s concern about fish relates to how forestry and range activities are managed to prevent impacts to fish habitats. The Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA) and its regulations contain several objectives and practice requirements to protect or conserve fish and fish habitats.
Past Board work and government monitoring have shown that the general practices requirements in FRPA have improved the protection of fish habitats compared to when there was no such legislation. This special report identifies opportunities to further strengthen aspects of forest management and FRPA implementation to conserve fish habitats.