Our environmental commitments
We work hard every day to earn our international reputation as an environmentally responsible supplier of BC coastal timber. Our commitment to environmental stewardship is unwavering and is at the heart of our business. The importance of managing our forests for today, and for future generations, means building trusting relationships with First Nations, neighbours and local and regional governments. TimberWest understands the value of working in collaboration with all of our stakeholders. We are committed to pursuing carbon neutrality, and we have taken the first significant step in the process by measuring the total carbon footprint across our supply chain energy use, forest carbon and our distribution network.
Environmental stewardship is at the cornerstone of our century-old business.
Our daily operations are focused on sustainable forest management practices from harvest to new growth. This is made possible by the expert staff and contractors at TimberWest. Our foresters, biologists, geologists, hydrologists and operations specialists all complement one another in making sure species are managed, planning layouts consider the landscape, critical habitat is preserved, and new forest stands are nurtured for successful growth. Every year TimberWest plants over 6 million healthy, naturally occurring seedlings.
Our forest plans adhere to strict government regulations. Beyond that, we also voluntarily commit to an additional level of scrutiny through third-party certification of our forest lands under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative ® (SFI®). We were the first Canadian company to achieve this certification in the year 2000.
The SFI program is a rigorous system of environmental and conservation practices for wildlife and water quality protection, biodiversity conservation, sustainable harvesting practices and a wide range of other forest management goals including First Nation engagement. TimberWest led the charge and was the first company in Canada to obtain SFI certification of all our forest lands in the year 2000. The SFI brand is now globally recognized as the largest single forest certification standard in the world with over 110 million hectares certified.
TimberWest is proud to be part of an historic agreement 15 years in the making between First Nations, Government, forest companies and environmental groups to find sustainable environmental, social and economic solutions within the Great Bear Rainforest (GBR). The Great Bear Rainforest Land Use Order sets forth new forest management requirements within the 6.4 million hectare (15.8 million acre) GBR—an area larger than the provinces of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island combined.
TimberWest is a proud participant of the Great Bear Rainforest (GBR) agreement, and is actively managing 96,000 hectares – or less than 2% – in the southern portion of the GBR where logging history dates back over 120 years, and forest stands consist of primarily second and third generation forests.
The Great Bear Rainforest Order (GBRO) – recently passed into law – set out additional regulations to which we adhere. The sustainable forest management plans will now integrate an ecosystem based management (EBM) approach. As a result, there will be additional scrutiny of the forest management plans to ensure enhanced protection for biodiversity at both the landscape and the stand level, as well as other objectives that range from watersheds to bear dens to yew trees. The GBRO has also given First Nations more inclusion into the guidance and clarity of forest management plans that meet their interests and concerns. This is something that we feel is a great win for sustainable long term forest management.
TimberWest has supported the GBR initiative by voluntarily committing to the new regulations before they were adopted into law, and converted several previously approved sustainable forest management plans into ecosystem reserves to help preserve sensitive ecosystems and to regenerate more contiguous forest areas.
Key details of this agreement:
- TimberWest manages approximately 96,000 hectares in the southern portion of the Great Bear Rainforest (GBR). This is less than 2% of the total area of the GBR, and consists primarily of second and third generation forest stands.
- To help preserve sensitive ecosystems, and to regenerate more contiguous forest areas, TimberWest has agreed to voluntarily convert several previously approved areas for harvesting into ecosystem reserves, thereby foregoing over $2 million of previous investment in planning and roads.
- TimberWest harvests on tenure lands that include traditional territory of the Homalco First Nation. The Company has a strong working relationship with the Homalco that spans many years.
- The southern portion of the GBR has nearly a 120 year logging history. This highly productive younger forest of second and third generation forest stands is capable of producing an annual average harvest of approximately 400,000 m3 of timber; enough wood to build 20,000 homes and support hundreds of jobs.
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