Facts About The Managed Forest Program
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Managed Forest land is a BC Assessment property classification established in 1988 to encourage private landowners in BC to manage their lands for long-term forest harvest and forest health. This includes, of course, forest management for the effects of climate change. Adaptation to climate change is essential for managing forests sustainably to keep forest industries competitive and forest-dependent communities healthy.
The Managed Forest program was established by the BC government under the Private Managed Forest Land Act to define management objectives for key public environmental values.
The program is administered by the Managed Forest Land Council which develops regulations, policies and field guides that set out the requirements and guidance on how landowners are expected to meet these objectives. The Managed Forest Council is responsible for monitoring, inspecting and enforcing compliance with the requirements of the Act and regulations. Outcomes of these inspections are reported on their website.
The Private Forest Landowners Association was established in 1995 as a non-profit organization with two focuses – advocacy and education. The Private Forest Landowners Association represents managed forest owners across the province of British Columbia—from the coastal to the interior, the large to the small, the veteran forester to the novice tree farmer.
PFLA consistently participates in the public policy process to ensure government policy is fair, environmentally sound, fiscally responsible and sufficiently respectful of private property rights. PFLA also offers regular workshops, training opportunities and communication updates to foster responsible and innovative forest management practices that encourage and promote the protection of key public environmental values on private forest lands.