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B.C. is a world leader in sustainable forest management with leading-edge environmental practices. Owning 94 per cent of the land and forest resources lets us determine where, when and how forest resources can be used.
BC Timber Sales (BCTS) manages 20 per cent of the Crown timber harvest, generating revenue for British Columbians through the safe, sustainable development and auction of Crown timber. BCTS is a stand-alone program within the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.
The Province of British Columbia is taking action to maintain the forest sector’s position as a driving force in B.C.’s economy, especially in rural communities. The forest sector is a critical economic generator for B.C. It supports healthy, stable communities, and provides jobs for tens of thousands of British Columbians.
The Province promotes innovation in the forest sector. Today wood fibre is converted into electricity, fuels, plastics, solvents and lubricants. Biomass is being explored as an alternative to fossil fuels. B.C. is a leader in the development of innovative wood products and construction techniques.
Approximately 95% of the province's timber is publicly owned. The B.C. government authorizes the rights to harvest Crown timber through forest tenures.
Private timber marks are required to transport logs from privately-owned land and are administered by the B.C. government.