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British Columbia's Environmental Forestry Policy Record in Perspective

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Some environmental groups and US forest companies, each for their own reasons, have criticized forest policy in British Columbia as lax, and the US Congress and media have taken up the call for stricter regulations in Canada. A comparison of BC forest policy with the policies of the USDA Forest Service and six major softwood-harvesting states reveals that British Columbia has more stringent regulations than has been supposed. Focusing on clearcutting, riparian zone management, and protected areas, we find that BC policy in spring 2001 was generally comparable to that of Washington State and Oregon; only the Forest Service had stricter rules. State practices in Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia were less stringent.

Keywords: Canada; conservation; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; industry; natural resource management; natural resources; regulation

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Assistant Professor Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, 230 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT, 06511-2189, 2: PhD Student Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, 230 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT, 06511-2189

Publication date: December 1, 2003

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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