Unit 3 - Managing Canada's Forests Today

Lesson 2: Provincial/Territorial Governments

The provinces and territories own the vast majority of forested land in Canada. Each province and territory sets out regulations and laws regarding forest practices on public land. A recent independent academic study has declared these rules as being among the most stringent on the planet.
As well as having legislative authority over the enhancement, conservation, and management of forest resources, the provinces and territories are engaged in day-to-day management of forested lands under their jurisdiction.

Provincial roles and responsibilities include

  • setting the policies, legislation, and regulations necessary to ensure that tree harvesting companies implement the principles of sustainable forest management

  • gathering data related to the forest resource

  • detecting and fighting forest fires on crown land

  • monitoring forest pests and coordinating plans to control outbreaks of insects and disease