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.

The Teal Jones Group (Teal-Jones) has developed a Sustainable Forest Management Plan reflecting the company’s commitment to the responsible management of resources under its stewardship (See Certification – Overview).  This Plan was developed with input from local communities, stakeholders and First Nations through Teal-Jones Public Advisory Groups.

Every year Teal-Jones updates the Sustainable Forest Management Plan and creates an Annual Report (found in Appendix 1). The following is a summary of some of the highlights of the current 2017 Annual Report:

  • Teal-Jones’ team of Qualified Professionals prepared Forest Stewardship Plans that were approved for both the South Island and Fraser Valley Operations.  These plans reflect the most current, science-based research for planning and procedures to meet Government Objectives for resource values.  Development of the Forest Stewardship Plans included extensive review and consultation with local First Nations, other tenure holders, Qualified Professionals, communities, stakeholders and the public.
  • To ensure safe and healthy work places, Teal-Jones operations continue to be SAFE certified by the BC Forestry Safety Council. Contractors undergo rigorous, ongoing review of their Safety Management System.
  • In recognition of important resource values such as biodiversity, wildlife and water quality, an average of 12% of the area harvested was retained; additionally, 24 sites of special significance were retained, including Culturally Modified Trees, karst, bear dens and an active research plot.
  • Teal-Jones milled 94.3% of the logs harvested into long-term forest products such as lumber, or value-added shake and shingles, rather than producing short-term forest products such as pulp. Tea-Jones does not export logs.
  • Local forest values were maintained through ongoing communications with communities, forest dependent business and recreation groups. For example, Teal-Jones assisted 2 beekeepers and several recreation groups with access.
  • Educational outreach, community meetings, and public consultation and participation opportunities are integral to the sustainable management of forests for local communities. 7 outreach activities were conducted by Teal-Jones’ Professional Foresters in local committees, colleges and communities to increase knowledge and education in Sustainable Forest Management.  Contributions to community groups (financial and in kind) of over $26,000.
  • Ongoing, open and respectful communications with Aboriginal Communities to foster meaningful engagement continues to be a top priority. Teal-Jones participates in existing protocol agreements and works with First Nations to develop new ones upon request.  Information sharing continues to improve.
  • Teal-Jones continues to expand on employment opportunities for Aboriginal people and contractors.

Teal-Jones’ forestry operations voluntarily meet Canada’s leading national standard for sustainable forest management through the Canadian Standards Association Sustainable Forest Management Z809 Standard. Teal-Jones’ wood products are certified under the Program for Endorsement of Forest Certification Chain of Custody System. These standards provide for independent third-party verification, assuring the public of sustainable forest management planning and practices based upon benchmarks derived from internationally-recognized, ongoing and long term, intergovernmental processes and guidelines.

Teal-Jones is always interested to hear from you; if you have any questions or concerns about Sustainable Forest Management, please contact us at environment@tealjones.com or (604) 587-8700.

Click on the following links to view documentation on The Teal-Jones Group Sustainable Forest Management Plan for June 2018:

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