Managed Forest

What Is Managed Forest?

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.

Managed forest land is a BC Assessment property classification established in 1988 to encourage private landowners in British Columbia to manage their lands for long-term forest production.

All managed forest land must be used in accordance with the Private Managed Forest Land Act. Private forest land outside of the voluntary Managed Forest Program is not subject to the same regulations.

Landowners who commit to reforestation receive a managed forest property tax assessment status. To obtain this classification, landowners must:

1 File a management commitment with the Managed Forest Council

2 Provide information on harvesting, road construction and reforestation activities that take place on their lands

3 Manage their property in accordance with the Private Managed Forest Land Act and 35 associated regulations.

Managed Forest Council

The Managed Forest Council is an independent provincial agency responsible for the administration of the Managed Forest Program.

The council consists of five members: two members appointed by the provincial government; two members elected by landowners, and one chair person who is jointly appointed by the other four members

To learn more about the Council, or the Managed Forest Program, please visit their website.

In British Columbia, 95% of the land base is publicly owned. About 5% (or 4.5 million hectares) is privately owned and of that, about 2% is private forest land. Although private forest land accounts for a small percentage of the province’s land base (2%), it plays a significant role in the lives of British Columbians.