Sustainable Forest Management Plan

Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) is defined as: “Management that maintains and enhances the long-term health of forest ecosystems for the benefit of all living things, while providing environmental, economic, social and cultural opportunities for 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) Z809-16 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.

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:

  • 43 of 45 indicators were in conformance with targets.
    • 1 indicator, C5.2.2: Level of participation and support in training and skills development did not meet the target but was within the acceptable variance.
    • 1 indicator, C3.2.2: Proportion of forest management activities consistent with prescriptions to protect identified water features did not meet the target or variance.
  • Average of 11% of area of harvested blocks retained as wildlife tree patches.
  • 10 sites which had cultural, spiritual, or other significance were retained (including archaeological sites, karst, and bear dens).
  • Average of 35 m3/ha of dispersed coarse woody debris left on blocks across the Defined Forest Area.
  • 96% of logs harvested were milled into long-term forest products.
  • In the South Island operations 2 beekeepers continue to have access to the Defined Forest Area, and all other requests for access were granted.
  • In the Fraser Valley operations Teal continued to work with recreation user groups to provide access.
  • Contributions to community groups (financial and in kind) of over $15,000.
  • 6 opportunities for public advisory groups to increase knowledge and education in sustainable forest management.
  • Participation in 14 protocol agreements with First Nations groups.
  • Four Aboriginal employment contracts completed.
  • Active community involvement including ongoing Sites of Special Significance communications protocol in East Stave Lake.

Click on the following links to view documentation on The Teal-Jones Group Sustainable Forest Management Plan for June 2017:

² Source: Canadian Standards Association Sustainable Forest Management Z809-16 Standard.