More on tree cutting

As promised, here's more information on the Island Trust request to the Province for tree cutting regulatory authority.

I asked Trust CAO Russ Hotsenpiller about the request to the Province referencing LTCs, not Trust Council, and whether my interpretation of that, (being that it would be up to local Trust committees, and not Trust Council to choose if and how to regulate tree cutting) is correct.
His reply:
"My view of this is that you are correct.  LTCs that did not develop and pass a ‘tree protection bylaw’ would not have to comply with a regional approach for same.  This has been a big discussion during the 2050 public meetings, the ability of each island to opt in or to have a more custom offering."

Also, yesterday I found this article about the Province turning down the RDN's request for regional districts to have tree cutting regulatory authority:
Gabriola Sounder, April 6, 2022
As for the RDN’s request for regional districts to have equal footing with municipalities when it comes to regulating tree-cutting, the province did not agree to any changes to the Local Government Act.

“A key challenge is that the context of urban tree management in municipalities and tree management in the rural areas of regional districts is different, with the latter more directly raising the potential for conflict with forestry values,” the Ministry of Municipal Affairs responded.

If the Province has turned down authority for tree cutting regulation for regional districts due to this rationale, I don't think they will grant the Islands Trust the authority, for the same reasons. 
Of course, I could be wrong, but the rural character of islands is frequently referred to.

Please feel free to ask me any questions you have, and I will do my best to find you answers.

Tim tpeterson [at] islandstrust [dot] bc [dot] ca

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