- We renew the forest we harvest for future generations – in some cases, we’ve sustainably managed the land for more than 60+ years
- We proactively work with other industries to address our impact on the landscape
Like a smart long-term investment, good forest management is about protecting the balance and withdrawing only interest. The forest is the balance and forest growth each year is the interest. After accounting for natural disturbances (like wild fires), we harvest the remainder of the available annual growth.
Where we manage forestland, our operations are subject to regulation by federal, provincial, state and local environmental authorities, including industry-specific environmental regulations relating to air emissions and pollutants, wastewater (effluent) discharges, solid waste, landfill operations, forestry practices, site remediation and the protection of endangered species and critical habitat.
We collaborate with other industrial users to develop integrated land management strategies to address the collective industrial footprint on the landscape, through programs such as the Foothills Landscape Management Forum (FLMF). The Forum members were awarded with a “Shared Footprints” Award from the Alberta Emerald Foundation for our collaborative efforts in Alberta's Berland Smoky region.
Integrated Land Management in Alberta's Berland Smoky Region
Forest Management Planning & Public Involvement
West Fraser’s comprehensive forestry management planning practices are designed to meet and surpass certified sustainable forest management practices as well as rigorous provincial government regulations. These regulations govern areas such as reforestation, environmental protection, biodiversity conservation and public involvement. Our plans are approved by government before harvesting begins.
Our comprehensive forest management plans include strategies to address topics such as:
|Timber||Water and fish|
|Wildlife, habitats and biodiversity||Recreation resources and tourism|
|Cultural heritage resources||Hunting, trapping and fishing|
|Roads and bridges||Measures to mitigate loss of natural range barriers|
|Reduce introduction of invasive plants||Consultation with the public and Indigenous Peoples|
Follow the links to learn more about West Fraser's Forest Management Planning and how the public and local communities are involved in our planning.