Report Forestry doesn't pay the bills, folks in Issue analysis Posted June 16 41 minutes ago, Guest Jennie Lee said: Your article is missing much data and info. Here I found more for you. Maybe just maybe we can find some real journalists who will actually look at all sides of an issue and not just spew thier own biases everywhere. The Ministry’s operating budget for 2019/20 was $822.796M. Through the course of the year, the Ministry obtained access to additional authorizations totalling $135.42M. The breakdown of contingencies and other authorizations are as follows: Ministry Operations: • $20.159M for the Big Bar Landslide Incident Response and Barrier Removal Project • $13.161M for Community Grants • $7.737M for compensation relating to Great Bear Rainforest • $5.534M for operating and amortization costs of the Natural Resource Permitting Project • $3.739M in costs associated with softwood lumber trade dispute • $2.500M for Coastal Logging Equipment Support Trust • $1.127M to support Sechelt First Nation Foundation Agreement • $0.850M for Blueberry First Nation Litigation Mitigation • $0.837M of Grizzly Bear Hunt Transitional Funding • ($6.357M) of the Ministry’s appropriation related to the Information, Innovation and Technology division was transferred to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy ($1.051M) of the Ministry’s appropriation related to functions associated with recovery from wildfire and other provincial disasters was transferred to the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. Fire Management: • $81.381M for fire suppression activities BC Timber Sales: • $5.840M increase to the Special Account authorization https://www2.gov.bc.ca/.../forests-lands.../spr_flnr.pdf Hi Jennie, Thanks for your comment. You are unusual in that you are one of the few commenters on this story over the last year who actually tried to bring some hard numbers to the table. I appreciate that. You are commenting on a story that is 11.5 months old. I have written a follow-up article which will revisit some of the numbers published in this piece. We will publish it soon. For the follow-up, I filed a couple of FOIs with the ministry to establish its forest-related revenues and expenses over the 10-year period covered above. Those cover operational budgets, but they do not include all of the forest-related expenses incurred by the ministry. There is nothing in the above story that says the numbers reflect operational budgets. But thanks for your numbers anyway. The largest difference between the numbers I show above and those obtained by FOI are for 2019. However, if all ministry expenditures are included, there was still a $155,733,000 gap between forest-related revenue and forest-related expenditures. For other years, some years had a larger gap than is shown in the graph above, and some were slightly smaller. Instead of losing, on average, $1 million a day, the ministry only lost $954,000 a day. Every day. For 10 years. There are other very large costs to British Columbians that weren't covered in the story above. My update will include those. You won't like those numbers, either.