Edition: govTogetherBC April 2014
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In this issue:
Area Based Forest Tenure Consultation opened April 1st
Government is committed to broad public engagement on the topic of converting some or a portion of some volume-based forest licences to new or expanded area-based tree farm licences. This is intended to help address the issue of a declining timber supply in B.C.’s Interior caused by the mountain pine beetle. Registered professional forester Jim Snetsinger is leading the process by both meeting with stakeholders and posting topics, questions and comments on the consultation blog. You are invited to join the conversation on the blog, by email, or to request an in-person meeting with Jim. The consultation closes on May 30, 2014, at which time Jim will begin to prepare recommendations to government. Speak up.
Pacific Northwest LNG Project re-opened April 2nd
The Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) of British Columbia is holding the next period of public comment on the Pacific Northwest LNG Project. Located on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert, this proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility and marine terminal would export to Pacific Rim markets in Asia. The EAO is seeking public feedback on the project’s Application and Environmental Impact Statement which describes the project and the potential environmental, heritage, health, social, and economic effects of all the project phases. You are invited to comment online, by email, fax, or mail until May 1, 2014. Information sessions were also held in Port Edward (April 7) and Prince Rupert (April 8). Learn more.
Haida Gwaii Marine Plan opened April 2nd
Help inform sustainable economic development and stewardship of Haida Gwaii's coastal marine environment. The Council of the Haida Nation and the Province of British Columbia invite your feedback on the Haida Gwaii draft Marine Plan. The Haida Gwaii plan area encompasses the archipelago of approximately 150 islands and includes the communities of Old Massett, Masset, Port Clements, Skidegate, Queen Charlotte and Sandspit. You are invited to comment online until May 7, 2014. Public meetings were also held in Sandspit (April 14), Old Massett (April 15), Skidegate (April 16), and Port Clements (April 17). Comment today.
North Vancouver Island Marine Plan opened April 9th
The Nanwakolas Council of First Nations and the Province of British Columbia invite your feedback on the North Vancouver Island draft Marine Plan. The North Vancouver Island plan area lies between northern Vancouver Island and the mainland - and includes the communities of Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Alert Bay, Sayward and Campbell River. If you care about the ocean environment, or your living depends on the ocean, then the Nanwakolas Council of First Nations and the Province of British Columbia want to hear from you. You are invited to comment online, or by email until May 15, 2014. Public meetings were also held in Campbell River (April 14), Port McNeill (April 15), or Port Hardy (April 16). Add your voice.
Morice Timber Supply Area opened April 10th
Comments are being accepted until June 20, 2014, on a public discussion paper released as part of a comprehensive timber supply review for the Morice Timber Supply Area (TSA). Extending from the most northerly tip of Babine Lake to Ootsa and Whitesail lakes in the south, the Morice TSA has approximately 648,956 hectares available for timber harvesting. These northern forests are pre-dominantly lodgepole pine, hybrid spruce and subalpine fir. You are invited to review the discussion paper and provide feedback by email or mail. Public feedback on the discussion paper will be considered by the chief forester before setting the new allowable annual cut. Comment today.
Prince Rupert LNG Project closes April 22nd
The Environmental Assessment Office of British Columbia invites public input on the draft Application Information Requirements (AIR) for the Prince Rupert LNG Project, a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility on Ridley Island near Prince Rupert. The AIR specifies the studies and information to be included in the project application. You are invited to comment online, by email, fax, or mail until April 22, 2014. Information sessions were also held in Port Edward (April 2) and Prince Rupert (April 3). Comment today.
Lillooet Park Management Planning closes April 30th
BC Parks invites public feedback on the management plans for nine protected areas in the Lillooet area. These newly designated or enlarged provincial parks include the 56,796 hectare South Chilcotin Mountains Park and the 67,918 hectare Big Creek Park. Both parks protect high, rolling mountains and alpine areas, with Big Creek Park also encompassing low wetlands in the south. You are invited to review and comment on the draft management plans online, by email or mail. Comment today.
Digital Services Consultation
In the fall of 2013, the Province of British Columbia consulted with British Columbians on the future uses of government digital services and the BC Services Card. A 35 member BC Services Card Panel of British Columbian was randomly selected from thousands of households across the province. The Panel learned about digital services and provided recommendations to government. A Specialist’s Forum of privacy, security and technology experts also scrutinized the Province’s digital services strategy, and over 1000 people provided input via an online survey. Read about the results of the public feedback and the Province’s response.