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East Kootenay Strategic Trench Plan Scoping


The Integrated Land Management Bureau retained Pacific Resolutions to assist conflicted recreation stakeholder groups in developing agreed upon recommendations for coordinating planning initiatives in the Rocky Mountain Trench of the East Kootenays. The stakeholders reached agreement on the recommendations after two months of negotiations.

Land and Resource Management Planning Processes


LRMP processes are multi-party round table negotiation processes that address land use issues over large areas of British Columbia. The issues are complex, involving environmental, social and economic variables such as protecting biodiversity and wilderness, while maintaining community stability and economic development opportunities. The processes employ facilitation, mediation and training to assist the parties in resolving these issues by agreement. The Okanagan Shuswap LRMP process reached agreement on their LRMP recommendations in September, 2000. The Lillooet LRMP reached multi-stakeholder agreement to conclude the LRMP on the basis of Final Offer Selection in 2000. Stakeholders coalesced around two options for recommendation to government that reflected an unprecedented degree of common ground. The North Coast LRMP retained Pacific Resolutions to assist in process design, convening and training as well as mediation and facilitation in relation to finalizing recommendations. The Central Coast LRMP Table reached Agreement with mediated support from Pacific Resolutions on an interim plan in March 2001 which resulted in suspension of an international market campaign against coastal forest products from BC and creation of several internationally significant protected Areas – notably the Spirit Bear Protected Area. This agreement was selected by Time Magazine as the “number one” environmental achievement for 1999. More recently, the Central Coast LRMP Process has reached a final Agreement which is now being considered on a Government to Government basis between the Province of BC and relevant First Nations.

Lower Mainland Protected Areas Public Advisory Committee


This Advisory Committee consisted of representatives from the environmental community, forestry industry, labor community, logging contractor community, outdoor recreation community, mining industry, tourism industry, and the municipal and provincial government. Consensus recommendations on finalizing the Protected Areas Strategy in the Lower Mainland were agreed to by the entire Committee in August, 1996 and subsequently accepted and acted upon by the provincial government in their entirety in October, 1996.

Streamside Protection Regulation


Issues associated with implementation of a provincial regulation requiring streamside setbacks in urban areas precipitated a multi-party review of the implementation of the regulation. The review process was structured to produce both consensus recommendations as well as clear definition of the alternative perspectives of the affected parties.

Caribou Chilcotin Land Use Plan


Alex Grzybowski provided project management and facilitation to the multiparty negotiation (33 representatives of a wide range of resource and environmental interests including First Nations) on behalf of the Commission On Resources and Environment. The table was unable to reach agreement given a lack of policy direction regarding the amount of protected areas required in the region. Alex Grzybowski subsequently took the lead on drafting the Commission’s recommended plan for the region which became the starting point for a final negotiation led by the Premier’s Office which resulted in agreement on a land use plan for the region.