The Private Forest Landowners Association represents managed forest owners across the province of British Columbia—from the coastal to the interior, the large to the small, the veteran forester to the novice tree farmer.


Rod Bealing presents Dave Barker with the Private Forest Stewardship Award

Former Executive Director, Rod Bealing, presents Dave Barker with the 2012 PFLA Stewardship Award.

PFLA members are passionate about the responsible stewardship of BC’s private forest lands and work hard to balance economic realities, community interests and environmental values.

There are an estimated 20,000 private forest owners in British Columbia. As a group, B.C.’s forest owners are as diverse as the forests themselves—small family-owned properties of a few dozen hectares, to large-scale forestry operations with thousands of hectares.

Leaders in forest research and innovation, many of today’s most innovative harvesting and silviculture practices—fertilization, pruning, commercial thinning, and helicopter logging to protect sensitive soils—were pioneered on private forest land.

Established in 1995 as a non-profit organization, PFLA’s two main focuses are advocacy and education.


PFLA consistently and persistently participates in the public policy process to ensure government policy is fair, environmentally sound, fiscally responsible and sufficiently respectful of private property rights.


PFLA offers regular workshops, training opportunities and communication updates to foster responsible and innovative forest management practices that encourage and promote the protection of key public environmental values on private forest lands.

PFLA members make the following commitments:

Group photo of PFLA members on the 2012 field tour

Group photo! 2012 PFLA field tour at Grant Lake near Shawnigan Lake on southern Vancouver Island.

  • Ensure the safety of forest workers and the public.
  • Understand that conservation of natural resources benefits society as a whole.
  • Meet all applicable laws governing environmental performance.
  • Protect water quality, fish habitat, soil productivity and critical wildlife habitat.
  • Ensure downstream users of water are not impacted by forest management activities.
  • Seek expert advice where proposed operations pose a potential risk to environmental values.
  • Cease any operations that pose a threat to protected environmental values, and undertake appropriate remediation actions to minimize undesirable impacts.
  • Apply best management practices in the planning and implementation of forest management operations.
  • Achieve successful forest renewal after harvesting.