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Ministry of Forests and Range Act

[RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 300

Contents
1Ministry continued
2Deputy and employees
3Minister's duties
4Purposes and functions of ministry
5Acquisition and disposition of land
6Agreements and grants
7–10Repealed
11Power to make regulations

Ministry continued

1  (1) The ministry of the public service of British Columbia called the Ministry of Forests and Range is continued.

(2) The minister is to preside over and be responsible to the Lieutenant Governor in Council for the direction of the ministry.

(3) The minister

(a) is to continue a forest service, and

(b) may establish other branches or divisions as the minister considers advisable.

Deputy and employees

2  (1) The following persons may be appointed under the Public Service Act:

(a) a deputy minister;

(b) a chief forester;

(c) a regional manager for a forest region established under the Forest Act and a range district established under the Range Act;

(d) a district manager for a forest district established under the Forest Act and the part of a range district established under the Range Act that covers the same area as the forest district;

(d.1) a timber sales manager for a BC timber sales business area established under the Forest Act, or if no BC timber sales business area is established, for the Province;

(e) other employees required to carry out the functions of the ministry.

(2) The minister

(a) may, despite the Public Service Act, engage and retain consultants, experts or specialists and fix their remuneration,

(b) must establish a forest research council and one or more logging contractor clause advisory committees, and

(c) may establish other committees or councils to advise the minister with respect to any matter included in the minister's duties, powers and functions.

(3) A person serving on a committee or council established under subsection (2) is entitled to be paid necessary and reasonable travelling and living expenses while performing the person's duties and in addition may be paid remuneration as the minister determines.

(4) The minister may designate one or more employees of the ministry to act temporarily in the place of the chief forester, a timber sales manager, a regional manager or a district manager.

(5) [Repealed 2011-13-106.]

(6) The timber sales manager may designate one or more employees of the ministry to act temporarily in his or her place as a timber sales manager.

Minister's duties

3  The duties, powers and functions of the minister include all matters relating to forest and range resources in British Columbia that are not, by law or by order of the Lieutenant Governor in Council, assigned to another minister, ministry, branch or agency of the government.

Purposes and functions of ministry

4  The purposes and functions of the ministry are, under the direction of the minister, to do the following:

(a) encourage maximum productivity of the forest and range resources in British Columbia;

(b) manage, protect and conserve the forest and range resources of the government, having regard to the immediate and long term economic and social benefits they may confer on British Columbia;

(c) plan the use of the forest and range resources of the government, so that the production of timber and forage, the harvesting of timber, the grazing of livestock and the realization of fisheries, wildlife, water, outdoor recreation and other natural resource values are coordinated and integrated, in consultation and cooperation with other ministries and agencies of the government and with the private sector;

(d) encourage a vigorous, efficient and world competitive

(i) timber processing industry, and

(ii) ranching sector

in British Columbia;

(e) assert the financial interest of the government in its forest and range resources in a systematic and equitable manner.

Acquisition and disposition of land

5  (1) To carry out the duties, powers and functions of the minister, on behalf of the government, the minister may acquire land.

(2) The minister may dispose of an interest in land, other than the fee simple, and may dispose of the government's rights under a licence to occupy or permit to use land if

(a) the interest or rights, as the case may be, have previously been acquired by the minister,

(b) the land has located on it, or was acquired with the intention of locating on it, improvements, and

(c) the disposition of the interest or rights, as the case may be, is necessary for the management of land remaining under the management of the minister.

(3) Notice of an acquisition of land or disposition of Crown land under this section must be given to the Surveyor General within 30 days after completion.

Agreements and grants

6  The minister may

(a) enter into an agreement or arrangement with any person or province or with Canada relating to a matter included in the minister's duties, powers and functions, and

(b) grant money to organizations engaged in forest research or education.

Repealed

7–10  [Repealed 2003-32-38.]

Power to make regulations

11  The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations referred to in section 41 of the Interpretation Act.