GENERAL AWARENESS TRAINING. BCTS SFM Commitments. BC Timber Sales is committed to managing and administering forest management activities on our operations through effective measures that ensure sustainable forest management (SFM) . The BCTS SFM Policy includes commitments to:
In this section you will learn about the Principles for Sustainable Forestry.
Principles 1 - 7
Principles 8 - 14
In this section you will learn about the Objectives for Sustainable Forestry.
Objectives for Sustainable Forestry
Objectives for Sustainable Forestry
SFIS objectives 1-7 provide measures for forest land management.
SFIS objectives 8 – 13 provides measures for fibre sourcing.
These objectives do not apply to BCTS
SFIS objectives 14-20 provide measures for research, training, legal compliance, public and landowner involvement, communication and public reporting, management review, and continual improvement.
Objective 1: Forest Management Planning
To broaden implementation of sustainable forestry by ensuring long-term forest productivity and yield based on the use of the best scientific information available.
Objective 2: Forest Productivity
To ensure long-term forest productivity, carbon storage, and conservation of forest resources through prompt reforestation, soil conservation, afforestation, and other measures.
Objective 3: Protection and Maintenance of Water Resource
To protect water quality in rivers, streams, lakes, and other water bodies
Objective 4: Conservation of Biological Diversity including Forests of Exceptional Conservation Value
To manage the quality and distribution of wildlife habitats and contribute to the conservation of biological diversity by developing and implementing stand and landscape level measures that promote habitat diversity and the conservation of forest plants and animals, including aquatic species.
Objective 5: Management of Visual Quality and Recreational Benefits
To manage the visual impact of forest operations and provide recreational opportunities for the public.
Objective 6: Protection of Special Sites
To manage lands that are ecologically, geologically or culturally important in a manner that takes into account their unique qualities.
Objective 7: Efficient Use of Forest Resource
To promote the efficient use of forest resources
Objectives 8-13: Fibre Sourcing Objectives
Relate to wood procurement activities by SFI Program Participants
Not Applicable to BCTS
Objective 14: Legal and Regulatory Compliance
Compliance with applicable federal, provincial and local laws and regulations.
Objective 15: Forest Research, Science and Technology
To support forestry research, science and technology upon which sustainable forest management decisions are based
Objective 16: Training and Education
To improve the implementation of sustainable forestry practices through appropriate training and education programs.
Objective 17: Community Involvement in the Practice of Sustainable Forestry
To broaden the practice of sustainable forestry by encouraging the public and forestry community to participate in commitment to sustainable forestry, and publicly report progress
Objective 18: Public Land Management Responsibilities
To promote and implement sustainable forest management on public lands
Objective 19: Communications and Public Reporting
To broaden the practice of sustainable forestry by documenting progress and opportunities for improvement
Objective 20: Management Review and Continual Improvement
To promote continual improvement in the practice of sustainable forestry, and to monitor, measure, and report performance in achieving the commitment to sustainable forestry
In this section you will learn about the BCTS Best Management Practices (BMPs) that are currently available.
Best Management Practices
BCTS is certified to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) standard. BCTS SFI Best Management Practices (BMPs) include EMS Operational Controls, such as:
Adherence to BCTS SFI BMPs will ensure activities are conducted in a manner that is consistent with the BCTS SFM and Environmental Policies.
EOPs and EFPs provide workers with Best Management Practices to be followed for the following types of activities:
EOPs and EFPs are located on the BCTS EMS Websites maintained by Business Areas (BAs) : http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/bcts/areas/
In addition to EOPs and EFPs, BCTS BAs have developed additional Best Management Practices that apply locally:
For a complete list of BCTS Provincial and local EMS /SFM-related BMPs, see the BCTS BA Certification web pages
You have now completed the
Sustainable Forestry Initiative General Awareness Training