Sustainable Management

IMG_3042Terminal Forest Product Ltd. is committed to the sustainable management of the Pacific Northwest coastal forests and will only procure logs that originate from legal sources supplied by reputable vendors. This includes reviewing logging sites to ensure the harvest and reforestation plans are sound and protect key environmental, cultural and social values. To that end and to ensure procurement activities are socially acceptable Terminal Forest Products Ltd. maintains the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) Chain of Custody certification, an international standard for Chain of Custody as a means of demonstrating this commitment to our customers and the public.

Terminal Forest Products Ltd.’s PEFC Chain of Custody certificate

PEFC is the world’s largest forest certification system and seeks to transform the way forests are managed to ensure that all of the environmental, social and economic benefits that forests offer are maintained. PEFC Chain of Custody certification is available to all national forest certification schemes and is represented in 40 countries through the national level PEFC organizations and is governed by PEFC International based in Geneva, Switzerland.

TFP’s Langdale dryland sort maintains ISO 14001 certification as a tool to aid in managing their impacts on the environment. The environmental management system identifies aspects of significance that can have a negative impact upon the terrestrial and marine environment at the site if not managed appropriately. Langdale’s inspection system is used to inspect operations and the aspects of significance to ensure negative impacts effects on the terrestrial and marine environment are controlled.

Forest Facts

Forest management is regulated by the provincial government in British Columbia on both crown (public) lands and private managed forest lands. This includes planning operations for multiple values including old growth, wildlife habitat, water and riparian areas/values, soil conservation, visual quality, cultural/heritage resources, reforestation and sustainable harvest levels.

Sustainable harvest levels for crown (public) lands are set by government across all management units in British Columbia. Government completes a Timber Supply Analysis, by management unit that considers both forest and non forest values and then sets an Allowable Annual Cut for the management unit for a period of up to ten years. The Allowable Annual cut is the sustainable harvest level that can be harvested annually and considers the socio-economic objectives of the Crown and the timber and non-timber resources in the management unit. Harvest levels are reviewed periodically and adjusted to account for changes on the land base to ensure the flow of timber and non-timber resource values are sustained in perpetuity.

Sustainable harvest levels for private managed forest land are set by the owner using similar timber supply analysis and are guided by the private land owner’s objectives as well as the objectives identified in the Private Managed Forest Land Act.

Reforestation of harvested sites is a legal requirement on both Crown (public) lands and private managed forest land. Reforestation standards are set for all harvested areas based on the biogeoclimatic, ecological classification of the harvested area. In general, multiple species are planted on harvested areas with natural ingress complimenting the planted stock. The reforestation standards set for each harvested area specifies the species, density and height required for a young stand to achieve the free growing or successfully regenerated milestone. Seed use is tightly controlled so that natural genetic diversity is maintained. The province maintains a seed bank and all seed is registered and stored by seedlot. Seedlots describe each seed collection and fit within specific seed planning zones to control the geographic distribution of the seed across the province. Improved seed with genetic gain is utilized however genetically modified seed is not allowable under the Chief Forester’s Standards for Seed Use.

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