The difference 24 hours can make

"This is certainly the most dramatic reorganization in BC forest policy since I have been paying attention in the early 1990s." That's forest resource management professor George Hoberg's reaction to the provincial government's creation of a new ministry of natural resource operations. In an email sent to his colleagues at the University of British Columbia, Prof. Hoberg stated, "I have not seen anything that provides a rationale for this change - if you have seen anything please send it. Presumably it is designed to facilitate the coordination and approval process for operational functions across natural resource domains. But it leaves the policy functions for natural resources in the separate, original ministries. That seems to create some significant coordination risks." The following is a complete copy of that email, along with a flowchart Prof. Hoberg's research assistant developed to show how responsibilities for natural resources have changed since yesterday.

-----Original Message-----
From: George Hoberg
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2010 09:50:29
To: Forestry Faculty Members
Reply-To: George Hoberg
Subject: [fac-list] government reoganization

Colleagues,
I've had an RA (Stephanie Taylor) do a before and after schematic of yesterday's dramatic reorganization of natural resource governance within BC.

This is certainly the most dramatic reorganization in BC forest policy since I have been paying attention in the early 1990s. The location of land use planning and operational functions have vacillated considerably over the years, but this is different because in the past, whatever happened in other ministries and whatever the names that went along with Forests, the BC Forest Service remained intact. This seems to divide the BC Forest Service up - it separates policy from operations. In addition to fire management and forest investment being moved to the new Ministry, it also moves "forest and range authorizations." This suggests to me that various approvals such as for the Forest Stewardship Plan have now been moved into a new Ministry.

I have not seen anything that provides a rationale for this change - if you have seen anything please send it. Presumably it is designed to facilitate the coordination and approval process for operational functions across natural resource domains. But it leaves the policy functions for natural resources in the separate, original ministries. That seems to create some significant coordination risks.

Regards,
George

George Hoberg's natural resource ministries flowchart

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This is a smoke screen designed to obfuscate Campbell's continued privatization of public property. It worked for the forest companies, as the tree farm licenced lands became theirs without one bit of consultation with the owners of that land--namely, us, the public.

Mind you, thanks the concentration of media ownership in corporate hands and the infiltration of huge corporate influence in our universities and education systems, the public has been successly manipulated and dummied down. Ads work--especially when they masquerade as "news". In fact, most people haven't got a damn clue that we're heading for the New Feudalism. Hell, people don't even vote; or when they do, they vote against their own best interests! The loggers are a good example of an easily manipulated group. They vote for whomever their boss or brainwashed "labour leader" tells them to vote for--usually someone in favour of raw log exports and "guest" workers who displace higher paid Canadian workers.

Those who study and actually believe everything in Economics 101-- that "supply and demand" is a "law", instead of learned behavior, and "forever growth" on a finite planet-- are another human ball of putty in corporate hands. The Rockafellas and Rothchildren laugh all the way to the banks they own and manipulate, too.

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