We should not rejoice. The whole attempt to start the enclosure of most of BC into the private interest only managed to make it into small columns in the back pages of newspapers. Meanwhile, a minor scandal involving use of a small amount of public funds by the Liberals to attract the ethnic vote made major headlines on the front page. We should recognize that a government on its last legs almost got off with an attempt to give away most of our forest and British Columbia. A future government in a stronger position could and will get away with it.
After a binge on old growth forest resources over the last century, BC's forests are not such an attractive goldmine. They are in need of stewardship investment. BC politicians have already got their sights on our huge natural gas deposits as the next goldmine. Forests will be of little interest to politicians. The BC Legislative Assembly is the highest court and the trustee of our public forests. To stop the gradual trend toward enclosure of our forests, we need some new institutions to act as the trustee.
My letter published in the March-April of the BC Forest professional considers the question of trusteeship: