Sustainable Forest Management
British Columbia is recognized as a global leader in sustainable forest management, meeting the environmental, social and economic needs of current and future generations. This matters to our customers and sets us apart from other supplying regions.
About 95% of B.C.’s forests are publicly owned and priorities for the use of these lands are developed through community-based consultation and strategic planning that establishes land use direction and objectives.
Canada and B.C.’s forestry management practices are held in high regard by international customers and scientists alike. A biennial study (most recently completed in 2016) indicated that in terms of environmental reputation, 96% of customers believe that choosing products from Canada (which, in large part, includes B.C.) is a good choice for the environment.
A scientific study comparing forestry regulations against certification standards and how Canada (including B.C.) ranks against other jurisdictions concluded that, “On the whole, Canada ranks highly in terms of the forest management legal framework’s comprehensiveness when it relates to public forests…”
Stringent forest laws, skilled forestry professionals, comprehensive monitoring, compliance and enforcement strengthen the province's leading reputation. This is further supported by B.C. having more third-party forest certification than any jurisdiction in the world, except for Canada as a whole.
FII provides consumers, retailers, and other buyers of B.C. wood products with credible, fact-based information about B.C.’s excellent record in protecting its forests. FII also produces and distributes information on the environmental benefits of building with wood, including its cost-effectiveness, energy efficiency, and ability to store carbon. This information provides the foundation for FII’s, and industry’s market development efforts.
To learn more about sustainable forest management in Canada and B.C., visit:
- Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
- Canadian Council of Forest Ministers
- Canadian Forest Service
-  Leger - The Research Intelligence Group – Analysis of Market Acceptance Issues, March 2016.
-  Indufor – Examining the Linkage Between Forest Regulation and Forest Certification Around the World, May 2016.