Unit 4 - Sustainable Forest Management

Lesson 1: Principals of Sustainable Forest Management


Since 1992, the provinces and territories have enshrined the principles of Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) in their policies, practices, regulations, and legislation.

Watch the video to see why Canada is recognized around the world for embracing Sustainable Forest Management and putting it into action.
As you are viewing "Sustainable Forest Management" please keep in mind the statement below.

Describe how Canada uses legislation, the marketplace, and science to protect forest values and promote sustainable forest management.





Sustainable Forest Management in action - once a logging road, the forest has reverted back to nature as an inviting walking path.

Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) has been defined as "a way of using and caring for forests so as to maintain their environmental, social and economic values and benefits over time." (2019 Natural Resources Canada).

Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) is about:
  • sustaining the forestry industry while at the same time protecting our wildlife, water, and soil.
  • harvesting our forest in a manner that does not negatively impact forest-related tourism and recreation.
  • ensuring that all the benefits (economic, social, and environmental) of the forest will be safeguarded, both now and in the future.
  • using sound scientific principles to manage the forest.
Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) requires constant adaptation to new circumstances such as changing social values, fluctuating economic forces, and emerging new scientific.



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