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-Jones’ 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.

Every year Teal-Jones updates its Sustainable Forest Management Plan and creates an Annual Report (found in Appendix 1).

Highlights of the 2016 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.