Do private forest land owners manage for biodiversity, cut block size, visual quality considerations, or rate of harvest?
This is a question of priorities. The focus of private forest landowners in the Managed Forest Program and managed forests in the Agricultural Land Reserve is on protecting key public environmental values—fish habitat, water quality, soil productivity, critical wildlife habitat and the growing of trees. Social values, such as visual quality and biodiversity, are more appropriately protected on the public lands that make up over 95% of British Columbia. That said, PFLA members and other private landowners often go out of their way to manage their lands with consideration for these social values.