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‘Working forest’ dies

By Lindsay Kines

Environmentalists claimed victory Thursday as the B.C. government backed away from its plan to designate almost half the province as a working forest. Ken Wu, executive director of the Western Canada Wilderness Committee, said the “working forest” is now just words without legislative teeth. Environmentalists believe the decision means forests and endangered species will be better protected from commercial development, and Crown forests are less likely to be sold off.

The government has abandoned plans to designate 48 per cent of the province — about 45 million hectares — as working forest. When the idea was first announced, the government had said that it would give certainty to commercial interests and permit a range of uses besides forestry, such as mining, ranching and tourism.

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