Forest Management

The Burns Lake Community Forest spans 92,062 hectares and is made up of a mix of tree species including lodgepole pine, hybrid spruce, subalpine fir, Douglas fir, black spruce, trembling aspen, cottonwood and birch. 

It is home to varied wildlife including moose, mule and white-tailed deer, black and grizzly bears, as well as many other fur-bearing animals and numerous species of birds, fish and aquatic life.

Among more than 60 community forests agreements currently operating in BC, Burns Lake is the largest. As a community owned Community Forest, we’re dedicated to increasing knowledge around sustainable resource values and have invested more than $1 million to ensure sustainability of the community forest to support the area.

We undertake ongoing efforts to:

  • Improve First Nations and Public engagement
  • Incorporate First Nation Stewardship principles to forest management
  • Ensure Land Use Plan objectives are incorporated
  • Incorporate strategies for climate change
  • Consider and incorporate forest health strategies
  • Improve strategies and results for wildlife protection
  • Design and incorporate enhanced reforestation activities to support a diverse and more fire-resistant ecosystem, and a sustainable forest industry for generations

Our pledge to forest management is reflected within our mandate to ensure diversity, sustainability, First Nations stewardship and values, and community input, while staying current with certified national forestry (FSC) standards.

Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) Mitigation Program

In response to impacts of the mountain pine beetle, which killed almost half of the mature timber in the BLCF between 2003 and 2008, successful wood-salvage efforts and forest rehabilitation plans were undertaken over the past decade. During that time more than 2.6 million cubic metres of dead pine was salvaged.

In the past five years, as the “shelf-life” of the salvaged wood decreases, the BLCF has planned to implement more sustainable cut levels, while continuing to work to meet the needs of the community. As well, the BLCF has explored other forest management options to diversify and move beyond impacts of the Mountain Pine Beetle, such as:

  • Explore new markets
  • Pursue work on environmental values
  • Developing new procedures and systems
  • Continue to maximize salvage where possible
  • Incorporate community and First Nations needs and values into Community Forest Management
  • Obtain Forest Stewardship Council Certification (FSC)

Boer Mountain Project: Before

Boer Mountain Project: After