The PFLA’s Best Management Practices Program builds on our commitment to protect the following key public environmental values:

  • Fish habitat
  • Water quality
  • Soil productivity
  • Critical wildlife habitat
  • Reforestation

The BMPs are the result of ongoing research and consultation with forest owners, of all sizes, across British Columbia, as well as a review of best management practices throughout the world.

The BMP program is a practical, results-oriented approach that includes:

Originally adopted in 1997, the PFLA’s BMP handbook recommends standards for forest landowners and forest resource managers to achieve the protection of public environmental values. The standards set out management practices for:

  • Riparian zones
  • Road and drainage construction
  • Harvesting
  • Site rehabilitation and preparation
  • Reforestation
  • Critical wildlife habitat
  • Handling hazardous substances

Designed to supplement other educational materials and regulatory information available to the forestry practitioner, the BMP Program supports members to meet the forest practices requirements set out in the Managed Forest Land Act.

Key Environmental Values (click to view our approach):

Protect Water Quality and Fish Habitat
  • Establish and maintain riparian management zone (RMZ).
  • Build and maintain secure and stable roads with appropriate drainage structures.
  • Protect natural surface drainage patterns.
  • Comply with applicable legislation, such as the Water Act.
Conserve Soil (especially in sensitive terrain)
  • Identify unstable slopes and soils that are prone to serious erosion and direct all harvesting or road building accordingly.
Recognize and Protect Critical Wildlife Habitat
  • Review information from Ministry of Environment to locate critical wildlife habitat.
  • Landowners aware of a critical wildlife habitat notify Ministry of Environment of harvesting activity, and as needed, enter into a habitat protection agreement with the provincial government.
Grow Trees
  • Ensure re-establishment of forest cover within five years following harvesting or if natural events cause removal of trees.
  • Ensure that reforested areas reach a successfully regenerated stage as per the number of years specified within the landowners reforestation commitment.