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Sustainable Forestry

Updated: Aug 26, 2021

Forestry is Sustainable

September 15th, 2020: An article written by the Forteck team


Curated information is derived from a combination of Forteck crew members with first-hand experience and verified online sources or government sites. We work very hard to provide quality educational information relevant to the forestry industry to promote forestry and the great things foresters can do. Please let us know if you find any misinformation and we will correct it immediately. It takes a village to educate! Thank you for reading and working together in further teaching people about forestry. #forestryproud


Sustainable Forestry

We are proud to work in such a sustainable industry in Canada. The Canadian Forestry sector implements rules and regulations to protect the forest and its inhabitants. In Canada, we have more forested areas than nearly any other country in the world and it's our responsibility to maintain that sustainability for the sake of heritage, culture, the environment, and our economy. 

According to the government of Canada, The primary goal of Canada’s forest conservation and protection efforts is to preserve the health of this country’s wide range of forest ecosystems. In Canada, forest land outside formally protected areas is safeguarded by the laws, regulations and policies that all provinces, territories and the federal government have developed to enforce sustainable forest management across the country. Because 94% of Canada’s forests are on publicly owned land, this means that preserving forest ecosystem health is a shared responsibility and commitment of sustainable forest management Canada-wide

The Difference Between Conservation and Protection 

Forest conservation refers to a range of activities, tools and approaches to achieve forest health and biodiversity objectives, including in managed forests where harvesting occurs. These activities are set out in sustainable forest management plans and many are backed by law.

Conservation efforts may take the form of provincial guidelines that forest companies operating on the land must follow such as:

  • retain trees used by wildlife during harvesting

  • create a mix of tree species types and age

  • ensure that sections of forest remain connected to meet wildlife habitat needs

Forest Protection refers to the creation of parks and other areas to legally protect them from industrial activity and to help preserve healthy ecosystems. Some examples include: 

  • Networks of protected areas that enable wildlife to move from one area

  • Habitat for vulnerable plant species

  • Protected marine environments

  • National historic sites or national parks.

Fun Facts About Sustainability

  1. Industrial activities such as harvesting, mining and hydroelectric development are banned in nearly 95% of Canada’s protected forests.

  2. National and provincial parks hold most of Canada's protected forests.

  3. All of Canada’s protected area designations, strategies and forest management plans are grounded in science. Scientific research supports the development of best management practices, and governments and industry incorporate new scientific knowledge into forest legislation and policies and forest management plans.

  4. Managing forests for marten, birds in the Boreal Forests, Woodland Caribou, Riparian zones, and Boreal synthesis research papers are all examples of scientific research related to forest conservation and protection


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