Public Advisory Groups
Teal-Jones maintains two Public Advisory Groups:
- Fraser Public Advisory Group (Forest License A19201 and Timber License T0822 located within the Fraser Timber Supply Area)
- Southwest Island Public Advisory Group (Tree Farm License 46)
The purpose of the Public Advisory Groups are to assist Teal-Jones with the Sustainable Forest Management Plan, including:
- identifying and selecting local level values, objectives, indicators, and targets based on International Sustainable Forest Management elements and local issues of relevance;
- developing and assessing related strategies for achieving targets;
- reviewing the Sustainable Forest Management Plan periodically;
- evaluating monitoring programs to recommend improvements; and
- discussing issues which arise relevant to Sustainable Forest Management in Teal-Jones’ operating areas.
A diverse group of local, interested parties participate as members of each Public Advisory Group, including representatives of First Nations, tourism and recreation, local government, communities, local businesses, wildlife and fisheries, environment and the workforce.a
Members are involved in discussions of forest resources and forest management. Members identify the values important to them and share their opinions with the group.
Topics include, but are not limited to:
- biological diversity;
- ecosystem condition & productivity;
- soil and water;
- global ecological cycles;
- economic and social benefits;
- society’s responsibility; and
- Aboriginal relations.
These discussions provide valuable input and are an integral part of the Sustainable Forest Management Plan.