The deadline is July 15th, 2019 at 4pm, so there isn't much time left to respond. Here are my responses to the questions. These answers have been informed by the conservation organizations I am a member of, the podcasts I listen to and my firsthand experiences in the backcountry.
How should the Province identify opportunities and priorities for adapting forest management to a changing climate, such as mitigating the effects of beetle infestations, drought and fire?
The Province should seek input from provincial biologists on how to manage forests for climate change. The primary goal should be to maintain native biodiversity in both plant and animal species in the many climates and ecosystems of BC. Second to that, maintaining forests with natural biodiversity for usage by both recreational users and industry should be balanced with the long term effects of climate change to ensure sustainability of plant and animal populations.
What factors should be considered in the planning of forest operations to reduce the risks of wildfire around your community?
The mono-culture of pine trees by the forestry sector by spraying glyphosate and excessively eliminating fire from the landscape has had a catastrophic impact on the risk of wildfires across BC. The mono-culture of only planting one type of fast growing tree has increased the fire risk which is naturally mitigated by biodiversity and leads to a the compounding effect of pine beetle kill. Ultimately, when forests are managed as a large farm for the forestry sector, blights and disasters such as fire will have an increased impacted on both communities and the forest itself. The best thing to reduce the risk of wildfires is to manage forests for natural biodiversity. Forests go through a natural cycle of recovery after fire or deforestation, where grasses first, deciduous second, and finally coniferous trees reclaim the landscape. Failing to replant a natural collection of plants and trees in favour of pine cultivation is detrimental.