Private forest lands provide B.C. communities with a host of social and ecological benefits.
In fact, B.C.’s private forests provide the backdrop for some of the province’s most stunning vistas, world-famous landscapes and, where permitted, amazing outdoor recreational opportunities. Nature-loving locals, outdoor enthusiasts and thousands of visitors from around the globe flock to the province each year to experience the magic of B.C.’s forests
- Wildlife viewing
- Horseback riding
Along with aesthetic and recreational values, managed forest owners foster, promote and protect healthy ecosystems on their forest land for the ecological benefit of entire communities.
Commonly referred to as ecological goods and services (EG&S), some of the major contributions include:
Watershed regulation and flood control — Forested watersheds have a greater capacity to absorb water into the soil, re-charge the water table and moderate surface runoff.
Quality, fresh drinking water for human beings — Private forests make an important contribution to the purity of community water supplies.
Wildlife and aquatic habitats — Animals, birds, fish and amphibians find habitat in the streams, lakes, rivers and trees on private forest lands.
Carbon reservoirs for the benefit of everyone — Forests act as carbon sinks (that means they absorb more carbon than they release) and by ensuring quick regeneration of harvested areas managed forest owners contribute to a reservoir of forest carbon.
Biodiversity and healthy ecosystems – Managed forest owners conserve biodiversity and maintain thriving forest ecosystems that thousands of species rely on—plants, animals, amphibians and insects.
As proud stewards of B.C.’s private forest lands, PFLA members invest considerable effort and attention to balance economic, environmental and community commitments for generations to come.