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.
Timber Harvesting Rights
Forest tenures are the agreement between a company, a community or an individual and the B.C. government that grant the rights and outlines the conditions (through licences and permits) under which timber is harvested from provincial land.
- Learn more about timber licences and permits, including rights and obligations
- Timber tenure brochure (PDF)
Opportunities to Harvest Crown Timber
The majority of Crown timber harvesting rights are held by forest companies, market loggers and First Nations. In addition, a significant volume of timber is auctioned each year through BC Timber Sales.
The B.C. government may advertise opportunities, within specific areas of the province, to harvest minor volumes of timber.
For opportunities to access timber within a particular area contact
New entrants to the forest sector are encouraged to establish "business to business" purchase agreements with those individuals or companies who hold rights to harvest Crown timber.
- Major forest companies (PDF)
- BC Timber Sales
- Woodlot licence holders and First Nation woodland licence holders:
The B.C. government administers and maintains the forest tenures system and the legislation, regulations, policies and procedures that address the occupation of Crown land and harvesting of Crown and private timber.
Apportionment & Commitment Reports—AAC
The allowable annual cut of each timber supply area and tree farm licence is determined by the chief forester, at least once every ten years.
Harvesting Timber on Private Land
Timber harvested on private land has its own set of rules, regulations and practices to guide it, including the need for a private timber mark when transporting logs from privately owned land.
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