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 2018) concluded that the province of B.C. is seen as a leader in terms of environmental practices and environmental reputation—99% of respondents ranked B.C.’s environmental reputation as better than average.[1]

Canada is the international leader in forest certification with B.C. contributing more than any other province. Stringent forest laws, skilled forestry professionals, comprehensive monitoring, compliance and enforcement strengthen the province's leading reputation.

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…[2]

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:


  • [1] Leger - The Research Intelligence Group, March 2018.
  • [2] Indufor – Examining the Linkage Between Forest Regulation and Forest Certification Around the World, May 2016.