Falldown provides an in-depth report on the implementation and failures of the forest tenure system that defines rights to extract timber from the public forests of British Columbia. Illustrated by Ecotrust Canada's sophisticated mapping capabilities and sprinkled with numerous graphs, the book analyzes mill capacities, employment trends, First Nations treaty rights, and the real costs of liquidating old-growth forests. Reform proposals offered by each of the interested parties are discussed in detail.
"The 'falldown effect,' the decline in timber production as
the old growth is depleted, is promoted as if it were a natural phenomenon
when it is, in fact, a stunning admission that the forests have been
drastically over cut every year since modern forestry was implemented
in the 1940s."
from the forward by Dr. Wade Davis
Excerpts from the Executive Summary:
1. What Is the Forest Tenure System?
2. The Disappearing Forest Cover
3. Government Policies
4. Companies and Markets
6. Nations and Communities
7. Participants' Proposals for Reform
8. Recommendations for Change
Professor Patricia Marchak is President of the Humanities and Social Sciences Academy of the Royal Society of Canada, a member of the B.C. Forest Appeals Commission, and member of the Board of Governors, the University of British Columbia. She is the author of numerous books and articles on forestry, fisheries, and political economy.
Falldown: Forest Policy in British Columbia
© 1999 Ecotrust Canada and the Suzuki Foundation, CAN$25
Out of print
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