The Province is inviting input until July 9 to develop an implementation plan for the Zero Net Deforestation Act passed earlier this year. The act's main goal is to achieve zero net deforestation in British Columbia by 2015.
Planting trees to convert non-forest lands into forested areas and finding ways to decrease deforestation are part of British Columbia's Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
First Nations, communities, sector associations, industry and all other British Columbians are asked to submit their comments before July 9 by:
* Using an electronic response form atwww.for.gov.bc.ca/hfp/znd/feedback.htm
* Sending an email to ZND,,,gov.bc.ca, or
* Mailing a written reply to:
Product Innovation and Climate Change Branch Ministry of Forests and Range PO Box 9525 Stn Prov Govt Victoria, B.C. V8W 9C3
A summary of the submissions will be made available this fall.
Deforestation occurs when forests are permanently cleared for a non- forest land use such as building a highway, developing a housing subdivision, or extracting oil and gas or mineral resources. Timber harvesting in sustainably managed forests is not considered deforestation. Forest licensees in B.C. are required by law to reforest.
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