Canada has almost one quarter of the world’s natural forests which means it has an important role to play in the issues of deforestation and climate change. Its strict regulations and environmental laws governing sustainable forest management practices aim to achieve a balance between economic demands, and the need to protect the quality and value of forest ecosystems.
Sustainable forest management is stewardship in a way that maintains biodiversity, productivity, regeneration rate, vitality and considers relevant ecological, economic and social requirements. Logging companies are also responsible for the reforestation and regeneration of harvested sites to reflect the original natural diversity of the forest.
Recent logging in the Bridge River Valley Watershed is a good example of responsible and sustainable forestry management. Timber tenure holders and logging contractors operating in the area align harvesting plans with government forestry and wildlife regulations, applying silviculture practices that address ecological issues as well as timber production.
The area’s logging companies also ensure a complete and collaborative approach to sustainable management by including all stakeholders in the logging planning process.