The Peace River Regional District has accepted an invite to talk forest policy in BC in partnership with the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM).
The PRRD was sent a letter from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource, Operations and Rural Development on July 7 with the invite by Ministry Executive Director Mike Pederson.
In his letter, he noted the focus is to reexamine 20 policy intentions drafted by the provincial government, which include changes to the forest act and management across BC.
“With many significant policy changes on the horizon, these July engagement sessions will focus on two thirds of the changes over the span of a couple hours,” wrote Pederson. “These sessions will be designed to learn a bit about the policy area and ask questions, as well as provide input.”
He added that an online portal will be available for PRRD directors to provide additional feedback on behalf of their communities.
Pederson further stated he’s looking forward to hearing from them, and understands the difficulty in connecting right now.
“I appreciate summer engagement sessions are not easy, especially with local government managing through floods in the spring and reacting to wildfires over the last several weeks on top of regular business,” he wrote. “Although this timing is not ideal, I anticipate that these topics are of great interest.”