The nature of the forest industry in British Columbia is closely linked to the forest tenure system through which rights and responsibilities for forest management are allocated. Dealing honourably with Aboriginal Title and Rights in the forestry context demands substantial reform to the tenure system. There are legal, ecological, social and economic imperatives for doing so. This law reform paper from West Coast Environmental Law first provides an historical overview of these; second, highlights key considerations in reforming the forest tenure system; and finally, proposes three potential models for reform.
Forestry; forest tenure; tenure reform; Aboriginal; title and rights; co-management
West Coast Environmental Law