As an independent agency established by the Provincial Government, each year the Managed Forest Council must submit an Annual Report to the Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. Council has now submitted its 2016/17 Annual Report.

There are 276 private managed forests in British Columbia, encompassing 822,000 hectares. In 2016, 4.8 million m3 of timber was harvested on managed forest land, representing approximately 6% of the total provincial timber harvest and 22% of the timber harvest on the Coast. These properties are located mostly on Vancouver Island, the southern mainland Coast, the Kootenays and the Okanagan- Shuswap.

The Annual Report summarizes Council’s activities for the year, including how well it achieved its objective and performed its duties under the Private Managed Forest Land Act. The Report also includes a summary of statutory reporting requirements including information about the number of managed forests, area in the program, and number of inspections.

Some highlights of 2016/17:

  • Continued community engagement with stakeholders across the Province building on the Council strategic initiative of raising a broader awareness and understanding of Council’s mandate and programs, including priorities for engaging stakeholders on a more regular basis;
  • Completed a comprehensive survey of managed forest owners and domestic water licensees to assist in the assessment of the effectiveness of private managed forest land regulations in protecting drinking water;
  • Conducted 68 inspections of Managed Forests in BC

The Annual Report includes:

  • A summary of owner activity, including harvesting, road building, and reforestation, with comparisons to previous years; and
  • A summary of the Inspection Program and Investigations

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