A GLOBAL LEADER
How sustainable are BC’s forest practices?
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. Roughly 95 percent of BC forests are publicly owned and governed by stringent laws and environmental regulation. And over 85 percent of the province’s forest land has been legally designated for multiple uses, safeguarding their value beyond logging.
BC forest companies must consult relevant stakeholders before any harvesting is approved by the government. In the province, 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 lands and water in British Columbia to over 15 percent, more than any other province in Canada. Additional measures include special ecosystem-based management, biodiversity and protection for wildlife habitat and species at risk.
Further, 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 latest science to reduce the impacts of climate change on our forests.