More than 100 million trees have been planted on B.C.’s private forest land since 2003.

PFLA members follow best management practices to ensure the protection of key public environmental values:

  • Protect water quality and fish habitat.
  • Conserve soil productivity.
  • Recognize, and through agreement with the provincial government, protect critical wildlife habitat where it cannot be protected on Crown lands alone.
  • Grow and harvest trees.

We believe in results-based forest management that addresses key public environmental values, while preserving the unique management objectives of each forest owner.

In B.C., over 30 acts and regulations govern management activities on private forest land.

The Private Managed Forest Land Act regulates forest practices in the Managed Forest Program and the Private Managed Forest Land Council administers the regulatory standards and requirements.

The third post in our Managed Forest Fundamentals series explains in more detail the key environmental protections incorporated into the Managed Forest Program. The tables below indicate the acts and regulations, along with the agency and activities, associated with each key environmental protection. Please note, this list is not exhaustive.

Public Environmental Value Issues / Activities Legislation / Regulation Lead Agency
Fish and Fish Habitat Stream Crossings

Riparian Management

Road Construction & Maintenance

Federal Fisheries Act

Forest Management Regulation

Water Act

Fish Protection Act

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Private Managed Forest Land Council

Ministry of Environment

Ministry of Environment

 

Public Environmental Value Issues / Activities Legislation / Regulation Lead Agency
Water Quality Stream Crossings

Riparian Management

Road Construction and Maintenance

Water Quality Objectives

Federal Fisheries Act

Forest Management Regulation

Water Act

Drinking Water Protection Act

Fish Protection Act

Private Managed Forest Land Regulation

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Private Managed Forest Land Council

Ministry of Environment

Ministry of Health

Ministry of Environment

Ministry of Environment

 

Public Environmental Value Issues / Activities Legislation / Regulation Lead Agency
Wildlife Critical Wildlife Habitat

Wildlife, Birds, Eggs and Nests

Species at Risk

Private Managed Forest Land Regulation

Wildlife Act

Species at Risk Act

Private Managed Forest Land Council

Ministry of Environment

Environment Canada & Parks Canada

 

Public Environmental Value Issues / Activities Legislation / Regulation Lead Agency
Reforestation Reforestation, forest cover, timber quality & supply Forest Management Regulation Private Managed Forest Land Council

 

Public Environmental Value Issues / Activities Legislation / Regulation Lead Agency
Soil Conservation Road Construction Forest Management Regulation

Soil Conservation Act

Private Managed Forest Land Council

Agricultural Land Commission

 

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.