Sustainable and responsible forest stewardship is much more than trees. West Fraser’s foresters and biologists work closely together to manage for many other attributes of a healthy forest. Within the lands the Company manages, there are a whole range of what we call "forest values" that must be considered such as wildlife, fish, water, visual qualities (like scenery and special places in the forest), wilderness recreation, hunting or trapping and the effects of other industrial uses – just to name a few.
To be a responsible steward of the forest we must take into account of all these values and develop comprehensive plans to address them, implement these plans and continue to monitor our progress. In a number of cases, West Fraser has deferred lands to support the habitats of species at risk.
West Fraser is an active participant in biodiversity conservation and protection. One way we do this is to maintain forest habitat within the natural variation produced by mother nature. That means supplying all natural forest habitats in amounts and patterns similar to what would result from a natural disturbance, such as forest fires.
A second major approach is to take additional steps to recover species at risk. We fund and actively support innovative research to continually improve our forestry practices, including conservation of wildlife habitat. Read more about some examples of how West Fraser addresses protection of caribou and grizzlies.