How sustainable are BC’s forest practices?
Sustainable forestry maintains and enhances the long-term health of forest ecosystems for the benefit of all living things while providing environmental, economic, social, and cultural opportunities for present and future generations. BC practices sustainable forestry, with some of the most comprehensive practices in the world, according to a recent comparative study by the University of British Columbia.1 Roughly 95 percent of BC forests are publicly owned and governed by stringent laws and environmental protection.
BC forest companies must consult relevant stakeholders to address public views, before any harvesting is approved by the government. And in BC, a process called land use planning involves British Columbians in decisions that determine how public lands and forests will be used today and in the future. This has resulted in full protection for almost 1.8 million hectares (4.4 million acres) and brings the total amount of protected land in British Columbia to approximately 15 percent.
BC has one of the largest park systems in the world—its 1,033 provincial parks, recreation areas, conservancies, ecological reserves and protected areas cover over 14 million hectares. The province has also established over 6,400 old-growth management areas for biodiversity conservation and is using the best and latest science to reduce the impacts of climate change on our forests.