Forest Enhancement Society of BC Transitioning to a Service Delivery Crown Corporation


At inception, the Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC) was a non-profit society. In June 2017 the Government decided, with advice from the Auditor General, to consolidate FESBC’s financial statements into the Government’s Summary Financial Statements. FESBC is now considered a Service Delivery Crown Corporation and is working with the Province to fully implement the transition during 2017/18.

As a Crown agency, FESBC’s purposes remain especially relevant to Government and will continue to guide its operating environment going forward. In particular, projects that support the Government’s strategic priorities and leadership in achieving its climate change targets are priorities for the Board. As evidenced by the devastating 2017 fire season, climate change will continue to have a significant impact on wildfires in the future and, as such, support for fuel management treatments and FireSmart projects that help to mitigate the negative impact on B.C. communities will also remain priorities for the Board.

With these priorities in mind and in accordance with the Mandate Letter received from the Provincial Government in August, the FESBC released its first Service Plan detailing operations for 2017/18 – 2019/20.

Background

On February 26, 2016, the BC Government announced the formation of the Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC) with initial funding of $85 million and a Board of Directors to oversee the establishment of FESBC and the delivery of its purposes.

In its Constitution, the purposes of FESBC are to:

  • Advance the environmental and resource stewardship of British Columbia’s forests by:
    • Preventing and mitigating the impact of wildfires;
    • Improving damaged or low value forests;
    • Improving habitat for wildlife;
    • Supporting the use of fiber from damaged and low value forests; and
    • Treating forests to improve the management of greenhouse gases.
  • Advocate for the environmental and resource stewardship of B.C.’s forests; and
  • Do all such other things as are incidental and ancillary to the attainment of the foregoing purposes and the exercise of the powers of FESBC.

In February 2017, an additional $150 million grant was received from the Government and FESBC began expanding its efforts, especially with regards to improving damaged or low-value forests and reducing greenhouse gases. In doing so, FESBC works effectively with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development to support the Government’s climate leadership targets and to identify high priority environmental and stewardship projects which help FESBC best achieve its purposes. FESBC also works closely with a number of service delivery partners to ensure timely and efficient implementation on the ground.

Learn More:

The Forest Enhancement Society of BC’s 2017/18 – 2019/20 Service Plan is available on their website, here:
http://www.fesbc.ca/pdf/2017-FESBC_17-18_Sept_SP_Final%20.pdf

The Provincial Government Mandate letter is also available here:
http://www.fesbc.ca/pdf/2017-FESBC_Mandate_Letter_August_25%202017.pdf

More information on the Forest Enhancement Society of BC can be found at:
http://www.fesbc.ca/