Sponsors: District of Vanderhoof
WHEREAS the resource extraction activities in and around communities within the Nechako Watershed take place under a lack of landscape level planning;
AND WHEREAS these poorly planned resource extraction activities contribute significantly to the provincial economy, but generate wealth at the expense of environmental and economic sustainability:
THEREFORE IT BE RESOLVED that the Province move quickly to landscape level planning and provide the oversight required to ensure a balanced approach to resource extraction and land management across BC;
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Province levy a royalty surcharge on resource extraction activities, with the revenues directed to support watershed restoration and enhancement.
UBCM Comments: UBCM notes that the resolution is making two requests; the first is a move to landscape level planning and the second is a royalty surcharge on resource extraction activities by the Province to be directed to watershed restoration and enhancement.
UBCM can advise that the UBCM membership endorsed 2012-B109 asked the Province to create Integrated Landscape Planning Guidelines and that all companies harvesting timber in BC consider future wildfire impacts while planning for harvesting, and that the Province make changes to the Forest and Range Practices Act to require landscape planning.
With respect to watershed restoration and enhancement, UBCM members have not specifically asked the Province to levy a royalty surcharge on resource extraction activities to fund watershed restoration and enhancement. However, UBCM members have consistently supported actions and activities that would result in greater protection, regulation and oversight of watersheds and activities within watersheds to protect drinking water. (2017-B31, 2015-B32, 2013-B105, 2011-B100, 2009-B136, 2008-B35, 2007-B122, 2001-B93,1999-A17, 1998-B65).
As well in 2017, members endorsed B36 which asked that the Province “work with First Nations, regional districts and municipalities to substantially improve community benefits of forest resources, including: expansion of community tenures, introduction of regional log markets, incentives for value-added production, and strengthened standards of forest stewardship to increase legislated protection of drinking watersheds and biological diversity.”