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Planning for Sustainable Forests in British Columbia through Land Use Zoning


  • Sivaguru Sahajananthan
  • David L. Haley
  • John Nelson


Economic theory suggests that managing every hectare of forestland for multiple products, which is occurring in British Columbia, is inefficient. Using a case study for the Revelstoke area of the province, we demonstrate that spatially separating commercial timber activities from non-timber ones can lead to higher timber rents, while affording better environmental protection, including protection of critical wildlife habitat. Zoning provides an incentive to invest resources in intensive management in areas dedicated to commercial timber production, while enhancing the flow of other resource values from the unit as a whole. With zoning it is possible to avoid areas where visual and environmental amenity values are particularly sensitive, which is not possible with current, multiple-use management regimes. By focusing timber production, it is possible to reduce the forestland base, required to maintain current levels of harvest, by over 50 percent.

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  • Sivaguru Sahajananthan & David L. Haley & John Nelson, 1998. "Planning for Sustainable Forests in British Columbia through Land Use Zoning," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 24(s2), pages 73-81, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:24:y:1998:i:s2:p:73-81

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    1. Jeffrey R. Vincent & Clark S. Binkley, 1993. "Efficient Multiple-Use Forestry May Require Land-Use Specialization," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 69(4), pages 370-376.
    2. David L. Haley & Jeanette Leitch, 1992. "The Future of Our Forests - Report of the British Columbia Forest Resources Commission: A Critique," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 18(1), pages 47-56, March.
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    1. Steven Globerman & Masao Nakamura & Karen Ruckman & Ilan Vertinsky, 1998. "Innovation, Strategy and Canada's Forest Products Industry," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 24(s2), pages 27-40, May.

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