BC’s forest products come from among the most stringently regulated forests in the world, and we are world leaders in preserving sensitive ecosystems. BC should be the international environmental choice among customers and key influencers. Here’s the story.
Democratic Land Use Planning
Land use is determined through open and democratic processes that emphasize local input. British Columbians are involved in decisions that determine how public lands will be used today and in the future, and how resources will be managed to benefit current and future generations.
Unrivaled Protected Areas
More than 14.8 per cent is fully protected, and much more of British Columbia’s land base falls under some type of special management regime, where values such as wildlife habitat, biodiversity or recreation take precedence. B.C.’s parks system is the second largest in Canada; only the national parks system is bigger.
Limited Working Forest
Although forests cover 62 per cent of BC, the Working Forest is limited to just 24 per cent of the province.
Regulated and Limited Logging
Less than one per cent of our Working Forest is harvested annually at rates set by the province’s chief forester through an intensive, analytical, open and transparent public process.
Unparalleled Forest Practices Regulation
BC’s forest practices are unmatched in the world. There are numerous inspections of industry practices each year with a compliance rate of about 98 per cent. An independent study comparing international forest practice regulations found that B.C. has some of the most stringent forest sustainability requirements in the world.
By law, all harvested areas must be reforested. More than 200 million seedlings, or about three seedlings for every tree cut, are planted every year to supplement natural regrowth. We’ve planted over six billion trees.
BC forest companies are leaders in seeking independent certification of their forest practices. In 1998, there were no certified lands in BC. Now, operations representing more than 75 per cent of the allowable harvest are certified, and more are on the way.
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