Sustainable Forest Management Plan

The objective of The Teal-Jones Group Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Plan is to provide a vehicle for transferring higher level sustainable forest management commitments to “on the ground commitments”.  Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) is defined as: “Management to maintain and enhance the long term health of forest ecosystems, while providing ecological, economic, social and cultural opportunities for the benefit of present and future generations.” ²

The purpose of the Sustainable Forest Management Plan is to outline: Teal’s approach to achieve sustainable forest management; the current state of the Defined Forest Area (DFA); as well as, the local values, objectives, indicators, and targets of Sustainable Forest Management developed through the public participation process.  Teal has voluntarily committed to meeting the Canadian Standards Association Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Z809-08 Standard in order to achieve their objective of managing the resources within the DFA in a sustainable manner.  This is in addition to the rigorous legislation, regulations and policies that Teal adheres to during forest management within the DFA.

A Sustainable Forest Management Plan provides a vehicle for transferring Sustainable Forest Management commitments to on the ground commitments. Every year Teal updates its Sustainable Forest Management Plan and creates an Annual Report (results for the past year are reported in the plan).

Highlights of the current annual report:

  • The majority of indicators applicable to both operations were in conformance.
  • Average of 9% of area of harvested blocks retained as wildlife tree patches.
  • 9 sites which had cultural, spiritual, or other significance were retained (including archaeological sites, karst, and bear dens)
  • Average of 45 m3/ha of dispersed coarse woody debris left on blocks across the DFA.
  • 90% of logs milled into long-term forest products (not pulp)
  • Over $2.3 million spent in local communities through donations to Community Groups, First Nations projects, funding of Public Advisory Groups, and taxes & fees.
  • 8 Aboriginal employment contracts completed.
  • First Nations capacity building projects completed, including an SFM questionnaire distributed to over 50 First Nations communities.
  • Active community involvement including ongoing Sites of Special Significance communications protocol in Pitt Lake.

Click on the following links to view documentation on The Teal-Jones Group Sustainable Forest Management Plan for August 2016:

² Source: Canadian Standards Association Sustainable Forest Management Z809-02 Standard.