Forest Health

Healthy forests in B.C. provide habitat for wildlife and contribute to clean air and water and economic stability. Pests, diseases, fire, animals and human activities can all affect a forest's health.

The Forest Health Program detects and measures problems that degrade forest health, and establishes best management practices to prevent and limit damage to B.C.'s forests.

Identifying Forest Pests

Forest pests cause extensive damage to B.C.’s forests each year. The economic and social impacts can be quite significant.

Assessing Damage Caused by Forest Pests

View the results of forest damage monitoring through B.C.’s annual aerial sketch mapping program.

Ground based monitoring is also conducted using sivliculture surveys and specialized pest-specific surveys.  

Monitoring information is used to assess the potential damage may have to forest resource values and identify opportunities to reduce these impacts.

Managing Forest Pests


Private and government foresters rely on evidence-based strategies to manage B.C.’s forests and maintain forest health.

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Management Programs

Several management practices are commonly used to assess forest health conditions and reduce or prevent negative impacts on forest health.  Management programs have been developed and implemented for: