As a member of the Association of B.C. Forest Professionals, I was embarrassed to read the letter in the March 2 edition entitled "B.C. a world leader in forest management," written by the CEO of the ABCPF in response to a member of the public.
Harry Coates named specific concerns about forest management in BC and the CEO's response letter addressed none of them in a substantive way.
Instead of being clear and thoughtful, her letter was a series of disparate and unsupported statements.
As stated on the ABCPF's website, the association exists to "help protect the public's interest in the province's forest."
When a member of the public expresses concern about the way forests are managed, we should ask ourselves why that is.
Declaring that "B.C.'s forests are managed sustainably" is not enough. Do we have evidence that is indeed the case? How do we define sustainable? How do we measure it?
These are questions professionals must ask.