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Forestry in British Columbia

Abundant Forests Managed Sustainably

With 55 million hectares of forested land and an advantageous location with port access on Canada’s West Coast, British Columbia’s (B.C.) roots in forestry run deep.

B.C. is one of the world’s largest exporters of wood products – from wood pellets to pulp to biofuels. We have earned a global reputation for our sustainable forest practices with more forests certified environmentally sustainable than any comparable jurisdiction in the world.

Using the latest technology, such as LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) and drones to manage its forests, B.C. can more effectively monitor and analyze timberland health, growth and inventory.

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The forestry industry in British Columbia continues to be successful and sustainable, with decades of experience in best practices, strong fiscal management, and effective forest management in place to protect this wealth of natural resources.

We offer:

  • Expansive prospects – With over 22 million hectares of working forest, you could fit the entire state of Idaho or the province of Hunan in our woodlands.
  • Sustainable innovation – Engineered wood products from B.C. are used around the world, as are pulp, wood pellets, biofuels, and dimensional lumber. The forestry workers of B.C. have long been recognized as some of the best in the world and strict monitoring and regulated forest practices ensure these resources will be available for future generations.
  • Market access – Supported by a fully integrated port systems, rail, and road transportation, and located on Canada’s west coast, B.C. has easy access to global markets in Asia, Europe, and North America.
  • Canada’s largest port – The Port of Vancouver connects the forest industry of B.C. with over 170 economies around the world, while the Port of Prince Rupert is home to North America’s deepest natural harbour and North America’s fastest shipping route to China.
  • Opportunities at all levels – B.C. is home to numerous small- and medium-sized businesses offering a wide range of timber products, including treated lumber, engineered wood products, shakes and shingles, as well as pulp and paper, biomass, and wood pellets.

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