The new regulations governing tree planting in BC’s Agricultural Land Reserve finds the right balance between conservation and food security.
A strategic review of the Ecological Services Initiative / Farmland Advantage Program was completed to guide future support programs for ecological goods and services from agricultural land in BC.
For many producers trying to navigate their agroforestry enterprise into uncharted waters, the lack of clear support networks and regionally relevant information, infrastructure, financing outlets and government policies, can feel like they are perpetually fighting a head wind.
Demand from global population growth dictates the need for more efficient use of natural resources and more emphasis on conservation. Forest farming offers integrated production and conservation solutions to address these challenges. We need public policy and regulations that support this option.
The emergence of the NTFP industry in BC has raised concerns about its impact on the forest ecosystems and on the aboriginal and other traditional users who depend on them. Without some concrete actions towards legitimizing and regulating the NTFP industry in BC then the price we will all pay for continued inaction is loss of part of our collective natural heritage and the loss of the opportunities to develop sustainable rural jobs and economic stability.