BC Timber Sales Forest Certification

Certification of forestry activities is a best practice in forest and sustainable resource management. BC Timber Sales (BCTS) is committed to maintaining an environmental management system and adhering to third-party sustainable forest management certifications.

Environmental Management System (EMS)

Maintaining an effective environmental management system (EMS) supports BCTS's commitment to sustainable forest management certification. Environmental management systems help meet due diligence requirements under the Forest and Range Practices Act.

Licensees, permittees, contractors and staff are guided by BCTS's province-wide environmental and sustainable forest management policies.

In addition, each BCTS business area across B.C. has specific procedures:

Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Certification

Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) certification under standards such as the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Z809 and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) address the ecological, cultural, social and economic and legal aspects of sustainable forest management.

Sustainable forest management certification provides assurance to the public and customers that timber originates from legal and well-managed sources.

Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standard

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) provides parameters (objectives, performance measures, and indicators) for sustainable forest management.

To report inconsistent practices:

Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Z809:16

The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) has sustainable forest management standards which outline the environmental, social and economic values to be managed for all forests. For each defined forest area (DFA), performance criteria are set through a detailed public consultation process and locally based indicators. Applicants seeking to certify a forest area must undergo an independent third-party audit of the management system and field inspections to verify performance objectives. The certification verifies that a defined forest area is being managed sustainably at a local level.

Chain of Custody

Wood purchasers prefer or require forest certification in their corporate procurement policies and/or building code requirements that timber originate from legal and well managed forests.

Chain of custody refers to the independent and credible verification that timber and forest products are tracked through all phases of ownership, processing and transportation, from the forest of origin to the end-consumer in order to verify its certification status.

BCTS does not hold chain of custody certification, nor does it provide a system for tracking chain of custody. However, we provide the following information to clients to assist in their planning and for their chain of custody certification systems:

  • Identification of timber sale licence certification status
  • Clauses in the timber sale licence document (provided in bid packages) verifying that the timber to be harvested under the license is certified
  • A letter in timber sale licence bid packages verifying timber sales licence sustainable forest management certification status and transferring the certification credits to the licensee.

Timber supply licence sustainable forest management certification status is available for each BCTS business area: