British Columbia has some of the most abundant, ecologically and climatically diverse forests in the world. Most healthy forests are comprised of trees and plants of various species and ages. Old forests are more than old or big trees, and not all old forests are the same. They are unique ecosystems, and their characteristics vary greatly across the province, by tree species and location. As much as 80 percent of old forests consist of smaller trees growing in bogs, sub-alpine elevations and the outer coast.
Forest areas of high conservation value are protected by law and through ongoing evaluation and consultation with the people of BC. This includes regular collaboration with Indigenous governments, communities and industry stakeholders all over the Province to evolve and improve land use planning.