Forests

Our primary resource, the forest, possesses attributes from a spectrum of values, including economic, social, environmental, aesthetic and spiritual. Forests are major contributors to the fundamental cycles that allow life to continue on this planet, via processes such as carbon sequestration, photosynthesis, albedo effects and erosion control. They are also home to two thirds of all known species, so their role in protecting biodiversity is vital.

Stewardship of this valuable natural resource from which all of our products derive is extremely important. It is also why Canfor Pulp practices the policies it does and expects the companies it purchases fibre from to comply also. Because we don’t own any forests or forest tenures, we rely entirely on others to manage the forest resources. Audits of our pulp supply chains extend to our fibre suppliers’ sawmills and forest tenures. It is essential that our suppliers adhere to responsible forest management and processing and production practices. To that end, we have set minimum standards that include:

  • No illegally harvested wood.
  • No wood harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights.
  • No wood harvested in forests where high conservation values are threatened by forest management activities.
  • No wood harvested in forests being converted to plantations.
  • No wood harvested in forests where genetically modified trees are planted.

Biogeoclimatic Zones

The Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification (BEC) is an hierarchical system that uses climate, soil and characteristic vegetation to group ecosystems at various levels, including regionally, locally and chronologically. More »

Silviculture

Silviculture is defined as managing forest vegetation by controlling stand establishment, growth, composition, quality and structure, for the full range of forest resource objectives. More »

Fibre Supply

The Northern Interior region of British Columbia covers about 55 million hectares (58% of the province) and 25 million of those hectares are forested. More »

Legal Supply

In Canada most of the forest is public land. The companies that operate here recognize that to earn a living from the forests, we must manage them sustainably. More »