BC Timber Sales
BC Timber Sales (BCTS) manages about 20 per cent of the province’s allowable annual cut for Crown/public timber, generating economic prosperity for British Columbians through the safe, sustainable development and auction of public timber. BCTS operates in 33 communities and directly supports over 8,000 jobs across B.C.
On this page:
- Timber sale licences
- Seedling services
- Indigenous relations
- Forest certification
- Forest stewardship plans
- Climate change action
- Councils and committees
- Guidance and resources
Data from our operations are used to help determine the market value of the timber harvested from public land and ensures British Columbians receive fair value from their timber resources.
BC Timber Sales (BCTS) supports government’s commitment to true, lasting reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in British Columbia; this includes the implementation of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (Declaration Act) and the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CTA).
BCTS’ goal, objectives and key strategies are set out in its annual business plans. Performance against the plans is reported quarterly and annually.
BCTS provides a reliable supply of timber through competitive auctions of timber sales licences, making Crown timber available to loggers, wood processors and other forestry businesses.
In addition to auctioning timber sales licences, BCTS builds and maintains Forest Service Roads and reforests harvested areas. Our activities generate economic prosperity for all British Columbians and directly contribute over $150 million to rural economies each year.
BCTS manages the seed inventory and the production, storage and distribution of seedlings for the reforestation of Crown lands administered by BCTS. BCTS also supplies seedlings to reforestation programs such as Forests for Tomorrow and projects funded through the Forest Carbon Initiative.
In spring 2020, BCTS delivered its billionth tree seedling for government-funded planting initiatives. On average, BCTS manages more than 90 million seedlings a year from a mix of over 20 different native tree species seed to help maintain ecosystem processes, resilience and diverse habitats.
Worker safety is critical and BCTS takes a preventative approach to workplace accidents and injuries. As a member of the B.C. Forest Safety Council, BCTS endorses a culture of safety and is committed to the safety of all people affected by its operations.
In 2018, BCTS adopted a new overarching principle to guide our operations: Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.
Certification of forestry activities is a best practice in forest and sustainable resource management. BCTS is committed to maintaining an environmental management system and adhering to third-party sustainable forest management standards.
- BCTS Forest Certification
- Business Area Environmental Management System (EMS) and Sustainable Forest Management (SFM)
- BCTS Sustainable Harvesting Practices and Old Growth Management (PDF, 167KB)
A forest stewardship plan is legally required under the Forest and Range Practices Act and provides a high-level overview of proposed forestry activities. Forest stewardship plans are publicly available for review and comment. BCTS advertises when the plan is available and allows at least 60 days for comments to be received.
Sound forest stewardship is highlighted in BCTS business principles and priorities.
BCTS employees work in an environment where continuous learning and finding new solutions to complex problems is encouraged and supported. In addition to an exciting career, working for BCTS is an opportunity to positively impact B.C.’s economy, forests, communities and residents.
BCTS is a proud supporter of the Indigenous Forestry Scholarship Program, a partnership between the First Nations Forestry Council, BCTS, the Indigenous Relationship branch and the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy. During the four-month work term portions of the program, BCTS staff provide one-on-one mentorship to students. The program is an excellent opportunity for Indigenous people to enter the forest sector with hands-on skills in a variety of positions.
BCTS is working to continuously improve and strengthen relationships with industry and contractors through the Timber Sales Advisory Council and the BCTS Contractor Advisory Committee.
Learn about BCTS business and performance goals, policy and legislation.