B.C.’s private forests are some of the best managed and most productive forests you’ll find anywhere.

B.C.’s private forests annually generate over 4,750 jobs, $1 billion in economic activity and $150 million in tax revenue.

Private forest land accounts for less than 2% of the land in British Columbia, yet managed forest owners produce more than 10% of the annual timber harvest and contribute more than $450 million dollars in annual economic activity.

Harvesting activities on the more than 823,000 hectares of managed forest land generate more than 4,500 rural, family-wage jobs for British Columbians:

  • Tree planters
  • Engineers
  • Road builders
  • Truck drivers
  • Foresters
  • Planners
  • Machinery manufacturers
  • Silviculturists
  • Technicians
  • GIS experts
  • Consultants
  • Equipment operators
  • Tax collectors
  • Biologists
  • Mechanics
  • Soil scientists

Managed forest owners invest considerable time and resources to grow and harvest trees—40, 50 sometimes 100 years depending on the species. Once harvested, trees from managed forest lands are manufactured into a variety of products—lumber, pulp, telephone poles, logs, paper, firewood—for local, national and international markets.

Managed forest owners also produce not-so-obvious products for local and international markets, artisans, value-added manufacturers, florists, food suppliers, and more.

B.C.’s forest owners produce forest products as ranging and diverse as:

  • Berries
  • Plants
  • Mushrooms
  • Christmas trees
  • Building materials
  • Maple syrup
  • Floral greens
  • Essential oils


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.