Private land logging near Nelson. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson to ask province for more control over adjacent private forest lands

Resolution will go to local regional government conference this week

Nelson city council wants the provincial government to apply Crown land logging rules to private forest lands adjacent to municipalities.

And it wants the owners to report to municipalities annually on any commercial plans for the forest land.

This would apply to two categories of private forest: those under the Private Managed Forest Land Act, in which there are some minimal requirements related to riparian zones and reforestation, and private land not covered by that legislation in which there are no rules (like the Nelson Land Corporation forest near Cottonwood Lake).

This process will begin with a resolution city council will take to the annual meeting of the Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Governments (AKBLG) in Castlegar this weekend.

The resolution reads:

WHEREAS many local governments in rural BC are surrounded by significant amounts of forested private land;

AND WHEREAS local governments are expected to manage the assets that support the value of their communities which include sight lines, municipal infrastructure, slope stability of land, and watersheds;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that UBCM call upon the Province to implement regulations and standards that are equivalent to Crown forest land regulations and standards that address forest harvesting for commercial purposes on private lands, and grant local governments the authority to require private land owners to undertake annual consultations with local governments to provide information regarding long term disposition or development intentions for land adjacent to municipal boundaries if intended for commercial purposes.

If the resolution passes at the AKBLG it will be taken to the annual conference of the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) in September in Vancouver. If it passes there, the UBCM will lobby the provincial government to implement it.

The resolution passed at city council with no public discussion.

Just Posted

Buddhist monument to be dedicated in Slocan cemetery

A new post has been created to mark the site where at least nine Japanese Canadians were cremated

COLUMN: 1919 – Forest fire threatens Rosemont

From the files of the Nelson Daily News

LETTER: A good news story

From reader Lonnie Snyder

School District 8 names new international principal

Jann Schmidt has been an educator for 26 years

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

B.C. VIEWS: NDP pushes ahead with Crown forest redistribution

This isn’t the time for a radical Indigenous rights agenda

Two dead in two-vehicle crash between Revelstoke and Golden

RCMP are investigating the cause of the crash

Ottawa fights planned class action against RCMP for bullying, intimidation

The current case is more general, applying to employees, including men, who worked for the RCMP

Alberta judge denies B.C.’s bid to block ‘Turn Off the Taps’ bill

He said the proper venue for the disagreement is Federal Court

Canadian high school science courses behind on climate change, says UBC study

Researchers found performance on key areas varies by province and territory

Six inducted into BC Hockey Hall of Fame

The 26th ceremony in Penticton welcomed powerful figures both from on and off the ice

RCMP investigate two shootings in the Lower Mainland

Incidents happened in Surrey, with a victim being treated at Langley Memorial Hospital

Most Read