British Columbia is recognized as a global leader in sustainable forest management, meeting the environmental, social and economic needs of current and future generations. Stringent forest laws, skilled forestry professionals, comprehensive monitoring, compliance and enforcement strengthen the Province’s leading reputation. At the end of 2016, B.C. had 52 million hectares (128.5 million acres) of certified lands. Canada is the international leader in forest certification with B.C. contributing more than any other province.