Small Scale Salvage - Forestry

  • A small scale salvage licence is a specific type of forestry licence to cut that allows the harvest of up to 2,000 m3 in volume. The small scale salvage licences are managed through the province’s Natural Resource Districts via the Small Scale Salvage Program.

Historically used as a tool to address forest health issues, the Small Scale Salvage Program mandate was invigorated in 2004 to assist in the lodgepole pine salvage occurring throughout the central plateau due to the mountain pine beetle epidemic. Initially the Small Scale Salvage Program issued Forestry Licences to Cut via a conventional application process, where each licence could harvest up to 2,000 m3. Later in 2005/2006, a Professional Reliance model application process was adopted with a new volume limit of up to 2000 m3 per licence. In 2010, the Small Scale Salvage Program was expanded to include the recovery of roadside and landing waste, allowing secondary industries to utilize fibre left behind by primary logging.

The Small Scale Salvage Program is the only form of tenure available to the small market logger where the focus of the harvest must be on small isolated patches of timber that are dead and/or in danger of being significantly reduced in value, lost or destroyed and would otherwise not be harvested.

Salvage is defined as the harvest of the following:

  1. Dead and/or dying timber
  2. Trees which have been damaged or infested with insects and will die within one year; and
  3. Logging residue

Specific information regarding the Small Scale Salvage Program can be found below under the appropriate Natural Resource District. If you do not know which Natural Resource District you are interested in or the Natural Resource District is not listed, please review the contact page for a detailed map and office information

The Campbell River Natural Resource District encourages all interested applicants to meet with our Salvage Coordinator, prior to submitting an application.  
Please call 250 286-9300 to book an appointment. 

Online Forms and Guides

 

 

Haida Gwaii Natural Resource District

The Small Scale Salvage program in the Haida Gwaii Forest District is responsible for the administration of disposal of small volumes of timber within our district.  It specifically deals with volumes less than 50 m3.

Salvage timber in this district is limited to trees that are: 

  • windthrown
  • logging operations residue.

Applications to salvage dead standing trees will not be accepted.

All requirements of the Forest Practices Code and various resource management plans must be complied with.

District Guidelines

Small Scale Salvage Maps

These maps change on an ongoing basis and should not be used for navigational purposes.  Please contact the district SSS Coordinator for more information on the information shown on these maps.

Note: Maps may be slow to load

Application Form

We encourage interested applicants to meet with our Salvage Coordinator prior to submitting an application to ensure that the wood is available for harvest. 

To complete an application for Small Scale Salvage opportunities, please fill out the form below and mail it to the district office.

Haida Gwaii Natural Resource District Office
PO Box 39
Queen Charlotte City, BC
V0T 1S0 

Forms may be dropped off at the office in person at 1229 Oceanview Drive, Queen Charlotte City.

Small Scale Salvage Application Form

 

Okanagan Shuswap Natural Resource District

The Small Scale Salvage section of the Okanagan Shuswap Natural Resource District is responsible for the administration of disposal of small volumes of timber within our district.

Please review the following:

Online Forms and Guides

Contact the district directly with questions or concerns:

Heather M. Rice R.F.T.
Authorizations Specialist

Office: (250) 558-1711
Email: Heather.M.Rice@gov.bc.ca

Karri Lee, R.P.F.
Authorizations Officer

Office: (250) 550-2215
Email: Karri.Lee@gov.bc.ca

 

Prince George Natural Resource District

District Guidelines and Steps in the Application Process

As of Feb. 28, 2007 all Small Scale Salvage Applications must be submitted electronically.

Please review the following:

Client Application Form

Parties interested in doing business with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development require a client number.

Please complete the Client Information Form (PDF, 72KB) before proceeding with any application.

Small Scale Salvage Application Forms

Small Scale Salvage Post Harvest

Small Scale Salvage Access Information

 

Quesnel Natural Resource District

District Guidelines and Reference Maps

​Client Application Form

  • Parties interested in doing business with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development require a client number.

    Please complete the Client Information Form (PDF, 72KB) before proceeding with any application.

Small Scale Salvage Application Forms

Contact the district directly with questions or concerns:

Chris Borgfjord R.F.T

Office: 250-992-4473
Email: Chris.Borgfjord@gov.bc.ca

District Guidelines and Information:

Small Scale Salvage Application Forms

Please submit your application and/or any questions by using the following information:

Be sure to attach the required location map, and photographs with your submission:

Email: FTA.DSI@gov.bc.ca

Address: South Island Natural Resource District - SINRD
4885 Cherry Creek Road
Port Alberni, B.C.
V9Y 8E9

 

Stuart Nechako Natural Resource District

Online Forms and Guides

Contact the district directly with questions or concerns

Nathan Voth  (primary contact)  
(250) 567-6363    
Nathan.Voth@gov.bc.ca

Brian Atwood (secondary contact)
(250) 567-6363
Brian.Atwood@gov.bc.ca