1998/99 Legislative Session: 3rd Session, 36th Parliament
THIRD READING


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Certified correct as passed Third Reading on the 13th day of July, 1999
Ian D. Izard, Law Clerk


HONOURABLE DAVID ZIRNHELT
MINISTER OF FORESTS


BILL 82 -- 1999

FORESTS STATUTES AMENDMENT ACT, 1999

HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, enacts as follows:

Forest Act

1 Section 21 of the Forest Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 157, is amended by repealing subsections (4) to (6) and substituting the following:

(4) The minister or a person authorized by the minister may

(a) approve one or more applications,

(b) approve an application subject to conditions that the applicant must comply with before the timber sale licence is entered into,

(c) agree with an applicant

(i) to dispose of a smaller volume of timber than was applied for, or

(ii) to include other terms and conditions the minister or a person authorized by the minister considers necessary, or

(d) reject any or all applications.

(5) If an application is made in accordance with this section in response to the advertisement, and the minister or a person authorized by the minister

(a) approves the application under subsection (4) (a) or (c), the regional manager or district manager must enter into a timber sale licence, or

(b) approves the application under subsection (4) (b), the regional manager or district manager must enter into a timber sale licence if the conditions referred to in that subsection have been met.

(6) If an applicant does not comply with the conditions referred to in subsection (4) (b),

(a) the regional or district manager, by written notice served on the applicant and without a hearing, may refuse to enter into the timber sale licence, and

(b) if the regional or district manager refuses to enter into the timber sale licence, the minister or person authorized by the minister, in accordance with this section, may approve the application of another person for a timber sale licence for all or part of the advertised volume of timber.

(7) A timber sale licence entered into under this section is not replaceable.

(8) For the purpose of this section, the minister may establish, vary or rescind policies and procedures that a person must use in exercising a discretionary power conferred on the person under subsections (1) to (4).

(9) Policies and procedures under subsection (8) may be different for different persons, places, timber sale licences, classes of timber sale licences or transactions.

2 Section 48 is amended

(a) in subsection (1) by striking out "and" at the end of paragraph (e), by adding "and" at the end of paragraph (f), and by adding the following paragraph:

(g) a person who

(i) requires Crown timber for a traditional and cultural activity, within the meaning prescribed for the phrase "traditional and cultural activity", and

(ii) is not selling the timber to others. , and

(b) by adding the following subsection:

(3) If a person who requires Crown timber under subsection (1) (g) wishes to harvest more than 50 m3 under the free use permit, the person must

(a) apply to the district manager, and

(b) include in the application the information required by the district manager.

3 Section 49 is amended

(a) in subsection (1) by striking out "may issue a free use permit to a person qualified under section 48." and substituting "may enter into a free use permit with a person qualified under section 48.",

(b) in subsection (2) (c) by adding "subject to subsection (2.1)," before "must be limited", and

(c) by adding the following subsection:

(2.1) The district manager or a forest officer authorized by the district manager, in prescribed circumstances, may enter into a free use permit authorized under section 48 (1) (g) for a volume exceeding 50 m3, but not exceeding 250 m3.

4 Section 52 is repealed and the following substituted:

Use by government employees and agents

52 (1) The regional manager or district manager may, in writing, authorize

(a) employees acting in the course of their duties, and

(b) agents of the government acting in accordance with the terms of the agency

to harvest Crown timber or to use and occupy Crown land in a Provincial forest.

(2) An authorization under subsection (1)

(a) is an agreement under the Forest Act for the purposes of the definition of "forest practice" in the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act, and

(b) must include terms and conditions that the regional manager or district manager considers appropriate and that are consistent with this Act and the regulations, and the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act and the regulations and standards under that Act.

(3) If the regional manager or district manager so specifies in the authorization, the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act applies to the authorization as if the authorization were a timber sale licence.

5 Section 63 (2) is amended by striking out "If" at the beginning of the subsection and substituting "Subject to section 63.1, if".

6 The following section is added:

Proportionate reduction if section 59.1 applies

63.1 (1) In this section:

"allowable annual cut increase", for the period from the date on which the determination of the previous allowable annual cut is made effective and the date on which the determination of the current allowable annual cut is made effective, means the sum of all increases under section 59.1 to the allowable annual cuts specified in forest licences or other agreements in the timber supply area;

"previous allowable annual cut" means the allowable annual cut that was in effect for a timber supply area immediately before the determination of the current allowable annual cut for the timber supply area.

(2) For the purposes of section 63 (2),

(a) the allowable annual cut for a timber supply area is reduced if it is less than the sum of the previous allowable annual cut and the allowable annual cut increase, and

(b) the amount of the reduction is determined by adding the previous allowable annual cut and the allowable annual cut increase and then subtracting the current allowable annual cut.

7 Section 81 is amended

(a) in subsection (1) by striking out "or" at the end of paragraph (a),

(b) in subsection (1) (b) by repealing subparagraph (iv) and substituting the following subparagraph:

(iv) comply with

(A) a provision of the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act or the regulations or the standards made under that Act in respect of an area of land referred to in subparagraph (iii), or

(B) a provision of Part 5 or 6 of this Act or the regulations made under those Parts

if a conviction for the failure to comply, or a determination, order or decision that there was a failure to comply, is made after the agreement is entered into, or ,

(c) in subsection (1) by adding the following paragraph:

(c) the holder of the agreement is convicted of an offence under section 339 of the Criminal Code, or under section 334, 344 or 463 of the Criminal Code because of a theft of timber under section 322 of the Criminal Code, if the conviction is made after the agreement is entered into. ,

(d) in subsection (2) (c) (iv) by striking out "complies with the requirement" and substituting "complies with the provision",

(e) in subsection (3) by striking out "on either of the grounds" and substituting "on the grounds", and

(f) by repealing subsection (4) and substituting the following:

(4) For the purpose of subsection (3), the grounds for rejection are as follows:

(a) the applicant has contravened a provision of the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act or the regulations or the standards made under that Act;

(b) the applicant has been the subject of a conviction, determination, order or decision that the applicant failed to comply with or contravened a provision or section referred to in subsection (1) (b) (iv) (B) or (1) (c);

(c) the applicant is, or was, the holder of an agreement or permit and rights under the agreement or permit are under suspension;

(d) the applicant is, or was, the holder of an agreement or permit and, in respect of the agreement or permit, the applicant has failed to provide or perform as referred to in subsection (1) (b) (ii) or (iii).

8 Section 82 is repealed and the following substituted:

Timber marking: interpretation

82 In this Part:

"registrar" means the registrar designated by the minister to administer timber marks and marine log brands;

"unscaled timber" includes timber for which the amount of stumpage has been calculated under section 106.

9 Section 84 is amended

(a) by repealing subsection (1) and substituting the following:

(1) Each of

(a) the holder of a timber mark, and

(b) a person acting with the consent of the holder of a timber mark

must ensure that unscaled timber that is

(c) stored in decks or piles on Crown land or private land, or

(d) removed or transported from Crown land or private land

has been conspicuously marked in the prescribed manner with the timber mark that pertains to that land. ,

(b) in subsection (2) by striking out "If timber is floated" and substituting "If unscaled timber is floated",

(c) by repealing subsection (3) and substituting the following:

(3) A person must not

(a) store unscaled timber in decks or piles on Crown land or, in prescribed circumstances, on private land, or

(b) remove or transport unscaled timber from Crown land or private land

unless the timber has been conspicuously marked in the prescribed manner with a timber mark that pertains to that land. ,

(d) in subsection (4) by striking out "Before use of the timber in manufacturing," and substituting "Before timber marked under this section is used in manufacturing,",

(e) in subsection (5) by striking out "may exempt timber" and substituting "may exempt unscaled timber", and

(f) in subsection (6) by repealing paragraph (c) and substituting the following:

(c) a person storing unscaled timber on Crown land or private land or removing or transporting unscaled timber from Crown land or private land.

10 Section 89 is amended by striking out "after timber is marked with a timber mark" and substituting "after unscaled timber is marked with a timber mark".

11 Section 97 is amended

(a) in subsection (1) (f) by striking out "and to the regional manager or district manager" and substituting "and to the regional or district manager or to a person specified by either of them",

(b) by repealing subsection (2) and substituting the following:

(2) If the scale return referred to in subsection (1) (f) is not completed and delivered to the regional or district manager, or a person specified by the regional or district manager, within the time prescribed for the purpose of that subsection, the person must pay to the government a penalty in the amount prescribed for the purpose of this section. , and

(c) in subsection (3) by striking out "subsection (2) (a) or (b)" and substituting "subsection (2)".

12 Section 130 is amended

(a) by repealing everything before subsection (1) (a) and substituting the following:

(1) Money that is required to be paid to the government under the circumstances set out in subsection (1.1) , and

(b) by adding the following subsection:

(1.1) The circumstances referred to in subsection (1) are that money is required to be paid

(a) under this Act, the former Act, the Range Act, the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act, or a regulation made under any of them,

(b) under an agreement entered into under this Act, the former Act or the Range Act,

(c) under a permit issued under the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act or the regulations made under that Act, or

(d) for goods, services or both provided by the ministry.

13 Section 151 (2) is amended by adding the following paragraph:

(n.1) a penalty for the purpose of section 97 (2), including prescribing

(i) the amount of the penalty, or the formulas or methods to be used to determine the amount of the penalty, and

(ii) the circumstances under which the payment of the penalty may be waived.

14 The following Part is added:

Part 14 -- Nisga'a Final Agreement Implementation

Definitions

176 In this Part:

"base level allowable annual cut" means the allowable annual cut that is prescribed for the purposes of this section;

"exempt licence" means a licence described in section 177 (3);

"licence" means a forest licence or timber sale licence;

"Nisga'a Final Agreement" has the same meaning as in the Nisga'a Final Agreement Act.

Allowable annual cut reductions resulting from the Nisga'a Final Agreement

177 (1) The chief forester, by written order, may reduce the allowable annual cut of

(a) a timber supply area, or

(b) a tree farm licence area,

if the size of the area is reduced as a result of the Nisga'a Final Agreement.

(2) If the chief forester reduces the allowable annual cut of a timber supply area under subsection (1) (a), the minister, by written order, may do either or both of the following:

(a) proportionately reduce, by the method set out in subsection (4), the allowable annual cut authorized in all of the licences that are not exempt licences in the timber supply area;

(b) with the consent of the licensee, reduce the allowable annual cut authorized or deemed to be authorized in a licence if any portion of the licence ceases to be valid under the Nisga'a Final Agreement.

(3) An exempt licence is a licence that

(a) specifies an allowable annual cut that is less than the base level allowable annual cut, or

(b) is for a term that is less than the prescribed term.

(4) A reduction in allowable annual cut imposed under subsection (2) (a) in a timber supply area must be apportioned among all the licences in that area, except exempt licences, in accordance with the following method:

(a) first, calculate a reduction in allowable annual cut for each licence by distributing the part of the reduction under subsection (1) (a) that the minister may assign to the licences proportionately among them according to the relative sizes of the allowable annual cut specified in each licence;

(b) second, calculate for each licence the annual volume of timber, if any, by which the calculations under this subsection reduce the allowable annual cut for that licence to less than the base level allowable annual cut;

(c) third, calculate the aggregate of the annual volumes of timber calculated under paragraph (b);

(d) fourth, for each licence for which the calculation under paragraph (b) does not reduce the allowable annual cut to less than the base level allowable annual cut, calculate a further reduction in allowable annual cut by distributing the amount determined under paragraph (c) proportionately among those licences according to the relative sizes of the allowable annual cut specified in each of them;

(e) fifth, repeat the calculations under paragraphs (b) to (d) until the end result of all the calculations is that the allowable annual cut for any of the licences is not reduced to a level that is less than the base level allowable annual cut.

(5) The minister or the chief forester, as the case may be, must serve a copy of an order made under this section on the holder of an agreement listed in section 12 to which the order relates, but the order is not invalid only because it is not served.

(6) A reduction in an allowable annual cut under subsection (2) does not constitute a determination of an allowable annual cut for the purposes of the time limits set out in section 8 (1) and (2).

(7) Section 8 (8) does not apply to a reduction of an allowable annual cut under this section.

Award of licences

178 (1) In this section, "contractor" and "subcontractor" have the same meaning as in section 152.

(2) If, as a result of the Nisga'a Final Agreement, the holder of an agreement or a contractor or subcontractor loses the right to harvest Crown timber, the regional manager may enter into a forest licence, or the district manager may enter into a timber sale licence, with the agreement holder, contractor or subcontractor without advertising or accepting applications from other persons.

(3) The volume of timber authorized by the forest licence or timber sale licence referred to in subsection (2) must not exceed the volume of timber that would compensate the agreement holder, contractor or subcontractor for the loss of the right to harvest timber as result of the Nisga'a Final Agreement.

Repeal

179 Section 177 and the definitions of "base level allowable annual cut", "exempt licence" and "licence" in section 176 are repealed 2 years after section 177 comes into force.


Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act

15 Section 1 (1) of the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 159, is amended by adding the following definitions:

"maintain", in relation to a road, means to carry out any activity related to the repair of, or physical change to, the road, but not its deactivation, and includes any modification related to the repair of the road;

"modify", when used in relation to the repair of a road or to a physical change to a road, means to carry out any of the following activities:

(a) replacing or adding a stream culvert;

(b) replacing or adding a bridge, or providing structural repairs to a bridge or major culvert;

(c) relocating an existing road;

(d) re-establishing road subgrade stability;

(e) re-establishing cut slope stability by re-sloping, buttressing or erecting a retaining structure along the cut slope; .

16 Section 36 (1) is amended by striking out everything after "cannot be met".

17 Section 54 is amended

(a) by repealing subsections (1) to (3) and substituting the following:

(1) A person must not use a road on Crown land for

(a) timber harvesting, including the transportation of the timber or associated machinery, material or personnel, or

(b) forest practices related to timber harvesting,

unless one of the following requirements is met:

(c) the person is authorized to do so under a Christmas tree permit, road permit, special use permit, cutting permit or timber sale licence that does not provide for cutting permits;

(d) the road is a forest service road, and the person is authorized to use it by a road use permit;

(e) the road is one for which another person has a road permit, special use permit, cutting permit or timber sale licence that does not provide for cutting permits, and the person is authorized to use it by a road use permit.

(2) A person who is developing natural resources other than timber must not use a road on Crown land for the development of the natural resources, including the transportation of the natural resources or associated machinery, material or personnel, unless one of the following requirements is met:

(a) the road was approved under the Geothermal Resources Act or the Petroleum and Natural Gas Act;

(b) the road is located inside the boundary of a claim, lease, permit or other authorization granted or issued under the Coal Act, the Mineral Tenure Act, the Mines Act or the Mining Right of Way Act, and the road was built under the authority of one of those Acts;

(c) the road is located outside the boundary of a claim, lease, permit or other authorization granted or issued under an Act referred to in paragraph (b), and the person is authorized to use it by a special use permit;

(d) the road is a forest service road, and the person is authorized to use it by a road use permit;

(e) the road is one for which another person has a road permit, special use permit, cutting permit or timber sale licence that does not provide for cutting permits, and the person is authorized to use it by a road use permit. , and

(b) in subsection (6) by striking out "on Crown land for timber harvesting and related forest practices" and substituting "in accordance with subsection (1) or (2)".

18 Section 55 (1) is amended by striking out "non-industrial purposes" and substituting "purposes other than those referred to in section 54 (1) and (2)".

19 Section 56 is amended

(a) by repealing subsection (1) and substituting the following:

(1) The holder of a road permit or road use permit for a road must not require payment from a person who uses the road for purposes other than those referred to in section 54 (1) and (2). ,

(b) in subsections (2) and (3) by adding "or road use permit" after "holder of a road permit", and

(c) in subsection (4) by adding "or road use permit" after "holder of the road permit".

20 Section 57 (1) is repealed and the following substituted:

(1) Except as set out in subsection (2), a person may use a forest service road without charge for purposes other than those referred to in section 54 (1) and (2).

21 Section 59 (2) is amended by striking out "the regional manager or district manager must assess the condition of the road and" and substituting "the government must".

22 Section 63 (6) is amended by striking out "the district manager must" and substituting "the government must".

23 Section 64 is amended

(a) in subsection (8) by striking out "The district manager must" and substituting "The government must", and

(b) by repealing subsection (9) and substituting the following:

(9) The district manager must prepare or approve a road deactivation prescription before the government carries out a temporary deactivation of a road if the district manager is satisfied that a prescription is necessary to adequately manage and conserve the forest resources of British Columbia.

24 Section 67 (1) is amended by adding "and" at the end of paragraph (d) and by repealing paragraphs (e) and (f) and substituting the following:

(e) any operational plan.

25 Section 73 is amended by striking out "The district manager must" and substituting "The government must".

26 Section 78 is amended

(a) in subsection (1) (b) by adding "including an area exempted under section 76 (4)," after "making use of an open fire in an area,", and

(b) by repealing subsection (2) and substituting the following:

(2) An order made under this section may be different for different

(a) types, categories or subcategories of open fires, or

(b) persons, places or things.

27 Section 93 (4) (a) is amended by striking out "78 (b)," and substituting "78 (1) (b),".

28 Section 108 is amended by striking out everything before paragraph (a) and substituting "For any purpose related to the administration and enforcement of the Acts, an official or peace officer may require a person operating a vehicle or vessel to stop the vehicle or vessel, and may carry out an inspection of a vehicle or vessel, if the official has reasonable grounds to believe that the vehicle or vessel".

29 Section 109 is amended by striking out everything before paragraph (a) and substituting "An official or peace officer may require a person operating a vehicle or vessel to stop the vehicle or vessel, and may carry out an inspection of a vehicle or vessel, if the official or peace officer has reasonable grounds to believe that the person is contravening or has contravened".

30 Section 125.1 is amended

(a) by repealing the definition of "ministries", as enacted by section 112 of the Forests Statutes Amendment Act, 1997, S.B.C. 1997, c. 48, and substituting the following:

"ministries" means ministries as defined by regulation; , and

(b) by repealing the definition of "review official" and substituting the following:

"review official" means

(a) for a review other than a review referred to in paragraph (b), a person employed in any of the ministries who is designated by name or title to be a review official by the deputy minister of that ministry, or

(b) for a review requested under section 128 (3) or (4), a person employed in the Ministry of Forests who is designated by name or title to be a review official by the deputy minister of the Ministry of Forests.

31 Section 128 is repealed and the following substituted:

Forest Practices Board may have determination reviewed

128 (1) The board may request a review of

(a) a determination made under section 82, 95 (2) or 117 to 120,

(b) a failure to make a determination under section 82, 95 (2) or 117 to 120, and

(c) if the regulations provide and in accordance with the regulations, a determination under Division 5 of Part 3 with respect to approval of a forest development plan, range use plan or amendment to either of those plans.

(2) To obtain a review of a determination under subsection (1) (a), the board must deliver a request for review to the review official specified in the notice of determination, and to the person who is the subject of the determination, not later than 3 weeks after the date the notice was given to the person who is the subject of the determination.

(3) To obtain a review of a failure to make a determination under subsection (1) (b), the board must deliver a request for review to the review official referred to in paragraph (b) of the definition of "review official" in section 125.1, and to the person who would be subject to the determination, not later than 6 months after the occurrence of the event that would have been the subject of the determination.

(4) To obtain a review of a determination under subsection (1) (c), the board must deliver a request for review to the review official referred to in paragraph (b) of the definition of "review official" in section 125.1, and to the person who is the subject of the determination, not later than the prescribed period after the approval of the plan or amendment was given to the person who is the subject of the determination.

(5) The board must ensure that the request for review complies with the content requirements of the regulations.

(6) A time limit referred to in subsection (2) or (4) may be extended, before or after its expiry, by

(a) the regional manager, for the time limit in subsection (2), and

(b) the deputy minister of the Ministry of Forests, for the time limit in subsection (4).

(7) If the board does not deliver the request for review within the time specified, the board loses the right to a review.

32 Section 143 is amended

(a) in subsection (2) by striking out "78 (2),", and

(b) in subsection (3) by striking out "54 (1), (2), (3) or (6)," and substituting "54 (1), (2) or (6),".

33 The following section is added:

Panels of the Board

190.1 (1) The board may organize itself into panels, each comprised of one or more members.

(2) The members of the board may sit as a board or as a panel of the board, and 2 or more panels may sit at the same time.

(3) A panel of the board has the jurisdiction of the board and may exercise and perform the powers and duties of the board.

(4) A report, recommendation or action of a panel of the board is a report, recommendation or action of the board.

34 Section 197 (1) is amended by repealing paragraphs (a) to (c) and substituting the following:

(a) hear appeals under Division 4 of Part 6 and under the Forest Act and the Range Act,

(b) provide

(i) the ministers with an annual evaluation of the manner in which reviews and appeals under this Act and the regulations are functioning and identify problems that may have arisen under their provisions, and

(ii) the Minister of Forests with an annual evaluation of the manner in which reviews and appeals under the Forest Act and the Range Act and the regulations relating to those reviews and appeals are functioning and identify problems that may have arisen under their provisions, and

(c) annually, and at other times it considers appropriate, make recommendations

(i) to the ministers concerning the need for amendments to this Act and the regulations respecting reviews and appeals,

(ii) to the Minister of Forests concerning the need for amendments to the Forest Act and the Range Act and related regulations respecting reviews and appeals under those Acts, and .

35 Section 208 (2) is amended by adding the following paragraph:

(g) the retention of an operational plan, road layout and design, road deactivation prescription, assessment, survey, report or any record required to be prepared under the Act or the regulations.

36 The following Part is added:

Part 10.1 -- Pilot Projects to Improve the Regulatory Framework for Forest Practices

Pilot projects

221.1 (1) The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations respecting pilot projects to experiment with ways to improve the regulatory framework for forest practices.

(2) Without limiting subsection (1), the Lieutenant Governor in Council, for the purposes of a pilot project, may order by regulation that provisions pertaining to specified subject matter, or specified provisions, of this Act, the regulations made under this Act, the Forest Act, the regulations made under that Act, the Range Act or the regulations made under that Act do not apply

(a) in relation to the small business forest enterprise program, to a district manager or the government, or

(b) to the holder of an agreement under the Forest Act or the Range Act.

(3) The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make a regulation under this section, including a regulation made under a regulation making power referred to in subsection (8), only if satisfied that the regulation is for the purposes of a pilot project and

(a) the district manager, or if the holder of an agreement under the Forest Act or the Range Act proposes the pilot project, the holder of the agreement,

(i) has subjected the proposed pilot project to public review and comment, and

(ii) has submitted to the ministers a summary of the comments received and any actions taken or proposed to address issues raised in the comments,

(b) the Lieutenant Governor in Council considers that the proposed pilot project

(i) will provide at least the equivalent protection for forest resources and resource features as that provided by this Act and the regulations made under this Act,

(ii) will be consistent with the preamble to this Act, and

(iii) will provide for adequate management and conservation of forest resources,

(c) the regulations adequately provide for public review and comment respecting forest practices to be carried out under the proposed pilot project,

(d) the regulations adequately provide for monitoring and for evaluation criteria of the proposed pilot project,

(e) the role of the board as set out in section 128 and Part 8 is maintained with respect to the proposed pilot project, and

(f) under the regulations, there is public access to the following, except in circumstances in which the Lieutenant Governor in Council considers that such public access would jeopardize cultural heritage resources:

(i) planning documents and assessments used in the proposed pilot project;

(ii) records that the regulations require to be prepared for the proposed pilot project.

(4) All pilot projects, in a forest region, must not account for more than

(a) 10% of the total of all allowable annual cuts in effect in the forest region on the coming into force of this section, and

(b) 10% of the total of all animal unit months in effect in the forest region on the coming into force of this section.

(5) A pilot project may be established only in an area that is subject to a higher level plan, or an area subject to a regulation made under subsection (7) (f) for balancing competing values and interests.

(6) For a pilot project, the ministers may establish a committee, to be known as a local public advisory committee, to do the following in accordance with the ministers' directions:

(a) to review comments made by the public under subsection (3) (a) (i);

(b) to review the summary of the comments and actions taken or proposed under subsection (3) (a) (ii);

(c) to report to the ministers as to the public acceptability of the proposed pilot project.

(7) Without limiting subsection (1), the Lieutenant Governor in Council, for the purposes of a pilot project, may make regulations respecting the following:

(a) conditions, including providing that all or part of a regulation made under subsection (2) is subject to a condition and requiring that a person to whom the regulation applies comply with the condition;

(b) the suspension or cancellation of a pilot project;

(c) the regulation or prohibition of forest practices;

(d) the protection of forest resources and of resource features;

(e) compliance and enforcement;

(f) the balancing of competing values and interests for the purposes of subsection (5);

(g) planning;

(h) monitoring and evaluation of pilot projects;

(i) public review and comment related to pilot projects;

(j) public access to

(i) planning documents and assessments used in the pilot project, and

(ii) records that the regulations require to be prepared for the pilot project.

(8) Without limiting subsection (1), the Lieutenant Governor in Council may exercise all the regulation making powers in this Act, the Forest Act and the Range Act for the purposes of a pilot project, and may make regulations that are contrary to a provision of those Acts if that provision is inapplicable because of a regulation made under subsection (2).

(9) A regulation under subsection (7) (f) may be made only with the consent of the ministers.

(10) A regulation under this Part with respect to a pilot project does not apply to a holder of an agreement under the Forest Act or the Range Act until the holder has consented to take part in the pilot project.

(11) If a regulation under subsection (2) provides that, for the purposes of a pilot project, a provision of an Act does not apply to a district manager or to the holder of an agreement under the Forest Act or the Range Act, the provision is also inapplicable, for the purposes of the pilot project, to their

(a) employees or agents, or

(b) contractors, as defined in section 152 of the Forest Act.

Annual reports

221.2 In accordance with the regulations

(a) the holder of an agreement under the Forest Act or the Range Act who is the subject of a pilot project must report annually to the ministers on the pilot project,

(b) the district manager must report annually to the ministers on any pilot project in the district manager's district that is not referred to in paragraph (a), and

(c) the ministers must make the reports publicly available.

Penalty revenue to be paid in accordance with section 117.2

221.3 All revenue payable from penalties imposed under this Part must be paid in accordance with section 117.2.


Forests Statutes Amendment Act, 1997

37 Section 145 (c) of the Forests Statutes Amendment Act, 1997, S.B.C. 1997, c. 48, is repealed and the following substituted:

(c) by striking out "47 (1), 50, 52 (2), 54 (1), (2) or (6), 60 (1), 72 (2), 74" and substituting "47 (1), 48.1 (6), 50, 52 (2), 54 (1), (2) or (6), 60 (1), 71.1 (7), 72 (2) or (2.1), 74".

38 Section 156 is amended

(a) by repealing subsection (1) and substituting the following:

(1) Except as set out in this section, the following sections of this Act apply to reviews and appeals of orders, determinations and decisions under the Forest Act, the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act and the Range Act:

(a) sections 27, 29 to 39, 40 (b) and (c) and 44 (a) and (n);

(b) that part of section 112 that enacts the definition of "review official" in section 125.1 of the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act;

(c) that part of section 114 (a) that repeals and substitutes section 127 (2) of the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act;

(d) sections 114 (b) and (c), 115 (b) to (e), 116 to 119, 125, 129 and 152 (d) and (e). ,

(b) in subsections (4) and (5) by striking out "section 112" and substituting "section 116", and

(c) in subsection (5) by adding "in" before "section 129 (5)".

Commencement

39 (1) The following come into force by regulation of the Lieutenant Governor in Council:

(a) that part of section 1 that enacts section 21 (8) and (9) of the Forest Act;

(b) sections 2, 3, 7 to 11, 13 to 15, 30 (b) and 31.

(2) Section 38 is deemed to have come into force on April 15, 1999 and is retroactive to the extent necessary to give it effect on and after that date.


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