The State of BC’s Forests The Indicators
Forest products— PDF print version
Indicator 17 – Forest products
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Note: This indicator will be addressed fully, with detailed
information and an assessment, in a future edition of the report.
Why is this important?
B.C.’s forest products and services contribute billions of dollars annually
to the economy.
- British Columbia’s forests and rangelands provide a wide range of forest
products and services.
- Timber products include lumber, panelboards, pulp and paper; non-timber
forest products include forage for livestock, mushrooms and medicinal
products. Many services such as recreational opportunities and regulation of
water flows support the social fabric of life in the province.
- Timber-based industries generate substantial public and private
revenues. B.C.’s timber products account for about half of B.C.’s total
exports and about half of Canada’s softwood products. The primary export
market is the U.S.A. Asian nations have replaced Europe as the second major
market. With its reliance on export markets, B.C.’s timber-based industries
are susceptible to changes in international competition, trade restrictions
and currency exchange rates.
- Non-timber forest product industries such as ranching and mushroom
picking have well-established markets. Many non-timber forest products are
used or enjoyed without direct market valuation.
- Services provided by forests support a variety of nature-based tourism
industries with well-established markets. Many other services that are not
sold through markets contribute to the quality of life in British Columbia.
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