BC Timber Sales - goal, objectives and principles

As a self-financing program BC Timber Sales (BCTS) sustainably manages the harvesting and reforestation of approximately 20 per cent of the timber available for harvest from British Columbia’s timber harvesting land base.

“Timber harvesting land base” is public land where environmentally sound timber harvesting is allowed and economically feasible.

Goal and objectives

BCTS has one goal and three objectives set within three overarching principles of:

  • Forest sector safety
  • Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples
  • Sustainable forest management


BCTS' goal is to provide credible representative price and cost benchmark data for the market pricing system through auctions of timber harvested from public land in British Columbia.


  • Objective 1: Sell the full BC Timber Sales apportionment over the business cycle, consistent with safe practices, sustainable forest management and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples
  • Objective 2: Generate direct net revenue and indirect revenue for the Province over the business cycle
  • Objective 3: Pursue continuous business improvement across government and with third-party partners and customers

The achievement of our goal, objectives and principles supports the outcomes of economic prosperity, sustainability, business excellence, safety and reconciliation for the benefit of all British Columbians.