This document provides an overview of British Columbia’s forests and their management. It describes the province’s forest lands, their ecological significance and their economic importance to the people of B.C. It also discusses the province’s efforts to manage forests by balancing environmental interests with
economic and social considerations.
That includes cooperative land use planning, which has resulted in a significant proportion of the province being set aside to protect ecological values and wildlife habitat. Outside of protected areas, large areas of forest are expected to remain in their natural state. In those areas where logging is permitted, it is managed in an attempt to conserve environmental values and address public and First Nations aboriginal interests. Annual harvest levels are set by law for each area of the province. Comprehensive forest practices regulations are in place to protect ecological values, with government enforcement as well as independent auditing by B.C.’s forest watchdog agency.
This document describes these efforts to balance conservation and sustainable development, including new legislation and policies that will shape the way B.C.’s forests are managed in the years ahead.
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Updated May 29, 2009