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NRRA and The Forest Practices Board


Past President DSBC 2004 -2018
Staff member
The following message comes via Rose Schroeder & the Outdoor Recreation Council.. It seems to me that as many individual people as possible (not just organizations) need to take the time to make their views known to these interviewers.
If you do not make your voice heard then you do not have a legitimate, later complaint: so do it now!

More information on how to get into one of these interviews to follow



The Forest Practices Board is preparing a Special Report on ‘Resource Roads and Access Management in British Columbia’. The Terms of Reference for the project is posted on the Board website at http://www.fpb.gov.bc.ca/Resource_Roads_and_Access_Management_in_BC_Special_Report_ToR.pdf. The report may make recommendations to improve the effectiveness of current legislation, regulation and planning processes regarding resource roads and access management. This project will result in a special report; it is not audit of roads or access management.

One of the key information sources will be interviews with people who have specific knowledge and information related to the topic. As part of this project, the Board would like to ensure your views and/or the views of your organization about resource roads and access management are captured through an interview.

More information to follow


Terms of Reference for a Special Report
Resource Roads and Access Management in British Columbia


Road infrastructure, primarily resource roads,1 is required for natural resource industries to
access the places they work. This infrastructure also benefits the general public by providing
access to the 'back country' for recreation. However, resource roads can cause negative
environmental effects: landslides, soil erosion, fragmentation and loss of wildlife habitat; among
a host of other issues. Good access management is fundamental to maximizing the positive
effects and minimizing the negative effects of resource roads.
In December 2005, the Board published the special report, Access Management in British
Columbia: Issues and Opportunities, which concluded (among other things) that there was:
• no comprehensive inventory of resource roads;
• a confusing patchwork of legal requirements for road construction, maintenance,
• potentially inequitable sharing, among industries, of road building costs and road use
liabilities; and
• very limited opportunities for public involvement in access management planning.
The Board expressed concerns that government needed to address these issues in a timely
fashion; partly because of the anticipated growth in the resource road network resulting from
salvaging mountain pine beetle killed timber and increasing activity in the oil and gas and
mining sectors.

Government responded in December 2007, with the assurance that it was "expecting
proclamation of the Resource Roads Act (RRA) . . . in the fall of 2008." As of May 2014, the RRA
has yet to be introduced in the legislature. There were issues identified in the report related to
access management that would not likely be resolved by the RRA. However, government also
responded that there were "initiatives under consideration related to access management
strategies." The Board has not formally followed up on the status of the initiatives related to
access management. The Board's concerns about the increase in the industrial activity requiring
a resource road network have been realized.

1 Non‐highway roads on provincial Crown land, primarily constructed by industrial users for forest and subsurface
resource development (e.g. mining and oil and gas).
An update of the 2005 report is timely and will assist in advancing the state of access management in British Columbia. The Board and stakeholders are interested in following up on the outcomes of past investigations, and given the continuing issues with resource roads in the province, it is timely to review what has happened in the intervening years since this report was published.


This proposed special report will assess the state of access management in British Columbia. The primary focus of the special report will be an examination and description of current legislation, policy, procedures and practices related to resource roads.


This proposed special report will be provincial in scope.


In general, the approach to preparing this special report will be to update the Board's 2005 report on this topic. That will include revisiting the status of the case studies used and the issues identified in the report and describing any new issues that have arisen.
Information sources will include:
• relevant Forest Practices Board reports published since 2005;
• information contained in government databases, particularly related to inventories of roads;
• publically available government documents related to legislation, policies, procedures and practices related to resource roads;
• published literature related to the positive and negative effects of roads on society and the environment; and
• formal interviews and informal discussions with people who have specific knowledge and information related to the topic including government staff, representatives from industries that build and maintain resource roads, and representatives of public and other groups that use and/or are affected by resource roads.


This investigation is not intended to be an audit of roads or access management. Results for individual licenses will not be presented. Results describing differences at regional scales will be presented as appropriate. The report may also make recommendations on improving the effectiveness of current legislation, regulations and planning processes regarding access management.